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Rear Sway Bar Bushing Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Sway Bar Bushing Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$30 to $75

Talent:

***

Tools:

15mm wrench and socket

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 T5 (2008-13)
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design (2008-13)

Parts Required:

Sway bar bushings

Hot Tip:

Make sure both sides of the car are jacked up

Performance Gain:

Better handling

Complementary Modification:

Replace rear shocks

Over time, sway bar bushings and end 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. Also try to move the bar. Look for an excessive amount of deflection in the rubber bushings when doing so.

Replacing the bushings involves removing the sway bar from the car. The first step in removing the sway bar is to jack the car up, secure it on jack stands and remove both the rear wheels. It is very important that both the rear wheels are jacked up in the air as this will unload the sway bar. You'll have a difficult time trying to remove the sway bar with only one wheel up in the air. See our article on Jacking Up Your C30 for more information.

Shown here is the assembly that holds the sway bar ends to the rear control arms.
Figure 1

Shown here is the assembly that holds the sway bar ends to the rear control arms. Take note of the orientation. The sway bar end (yellow arrow) sits below the control arm on both sides. Use a 15mm wrench and socket to loosen and remove the nut and bolt (green arrows) and replace the individual bushings.

The rear sway bar is attached to the rear subframe of the C30 at the points shown here (green arrows).
Figure 2

The rear sway bar is attached to the rear subframe of the C30 at the points shown here (green arrows).

Remove the two 15mm bolts holding each side of the sway bar to the subframe.
Figure 3

Remove the two 15mm bolts holding each side of the sway bar to the subframe. Pull the brackets off to expose the bushing underneath. The bushing itself has a seam that allows it to be pulled off the sway bar. Fit the new bushing in place of the old and re-install the bracket.


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