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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Sway Bar Drop Link Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$20 to $40

Talent:

***

Tools:

16mm wrenches, floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks, safety glasses, torque wrench, lug wrench

Applicable Models:

Jetta MkIV 2.0L (1998-05)

Parts Required:

Sway bar drop link

Hot Tip:

Be sure both wheels are off the ground

Performance Gain:

Better handling

Complementary Modification:

Replace control arms

Over time, sway bar drop links can fail due to both wear and the elements. This usually presents itself as a loose feeling under load or bumps. It can also cause creaking and noise. It is possible to visually inspect the bushings by turning the wheels fully inward and using a flashlight to look for cracks in the rubber dust boots.

Replacing the drop links requires you to remove the front wheels. Begin the procedure by jacking up both front wheels and securing the car on jack stands. This will unload the sway bar and make it much easier to remove the end links. See our article on Jacking up Your Mk4 Jetta for more information.

Left and Right Sides: Shown here is the front sway bar drop link (green arrow).
Figure 1

Left and Right Sides: Shown here is the front sway bar drop link (green arrow). The rubber bushings inside are prone to wear after many years and miles. Replacement is very easy and should take no longer than 30 minutes for each side, making the total amount of time just one hour.

Left and Right Sides: Begin by holding the 16mm bolt (blue arrow) while you loosen and remove the 16mm nut (green arrow) holding the drop link to the sway bar.
Figure 2

Left and Right Sides: Begin by holding the 16mm bolt (blue arrow) while you loosen and remove the 16mm nut (green arrow) holding the drop link to the sway bar. Then remove the lower 16mm bolt (purple arrow) holding the drop link to the control arm.

And here's the finished result with the drop link removed.
Figure 3

And here's the finished result with the drop link removed. Installing the new drop link is the reverse of removal.


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