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Front Sway Bar End Link Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Sway Bar End Link Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$25 to $50

Talent:

***

Tools:

15mm wrench, 5mm hex driver

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Front sway bar end links

Hot Tip:

Jack up both front wheels at the same time to unload the sway bar

Performance Gain:

Better handling

Complementary Modification:

Replace front shocks

Over time, sway bar 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 in the rubber dust boots.

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 C30 for more information.

Shown here is one of the two sway bay end links for the Volvo C30.
Figure 1

Shown here is one of the two sway bay end links for the Volvo C30. Over time, the ball joints (green arrows) tend to wear out due to the elements. This gradually results in a sway bar that is not as effective during cornering. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with replacing the end links on both sides.

Left and right sides of car: Remove the ABS sensor harness (green arrow) from the bracket on the rear of the strut assembly.
Figure 2

Left and right sides of car: Remove the ABS sensor harness (green arrow) from the bracket on the rear of the strut assembly. You'll also need to remove the upper sway bar link connection. You'll need to loosen and remove the 15mm nut (yellow arrow) while holding the 5mm hex end (purple arrow) of the sway bar link.

Left and right sides of car: Shown here is an example of how to loosen the 15mm nut from the sway bar link.
Figure 3

Left and right sides of car: Shown here is an example of how to loosen the 15mm nut from the sway bar link. A set of hex drivers and ratcheting wrenches makes this job a bit easier.

Left and right sides of car: Follow the sway bar link down to the lower connection at the sway bar.
Figure 4

Left and right sides of car: Follow the sway bar link down to the lower connection at the sway bar. Use the 5mm hex driver and 15mm wrench to remove the sway bar link from the sway bar. Keep in mind that it will be difficult to remove the sway bar links from the car unless both sides of the car are on jack stands. This is due to the preload on the sway bar with the wheels on the ground. Installing the new end links is the reverse procedure of removal.


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Comments and Suggestions:
Gweed Comments: Does the replacement ends need to be torqued to a specific setting or just tight?
April 24, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, all fasteners should be torqued to the factory spec.
I don’t have that info.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

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