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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-23-2015, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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New sway bar links won't tighten all the way

Hey everyone! 2010 Equinox here. It's an LT FWD 2.4L. My front passenger sway bar link went back so I decided to replace the front ones in pairs. I started with the driver side and it went fine, but the passenger side just won't tighten all the way. Anyone run into this before? Here are some pictures to explain what's going wrong.

#1 - I put the wrench on the back to hold the bolt in place while tightening the nut: http://imgur.com/NsxB2gK

#2 - After a certain point when tightening the nut, it spins and spins but does not get tighter. The bolt is not spinning while this happens: http://imgur.com/JlyKYIh

#3 - Here are some up-close pics of the new sway bar. It doesn't appear to be stripped or anything. Am I crazy? The driver side went on just fine. Please let me know if you've overcome this obstacle before and how you did it.

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I think one or the other has to be stripped in the case, sorry.

Can you tighten the nut on the bolt outside of mounting it on the strut? I suspect it won't.

Something that might just get you by is to put some tension on the threads. Instead of using a wrench to hold the bolt, get a pry bar and pry in between the strut and the sway bar end. Go at an angle a bit and try to bind the bolt against the strut. You might be able to expose a couple of more threads.

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The left and right side are different parts - did you get the correct parts? It also appears that you bought an aftermarket part - any reason you didn't use OEM GM parts?

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The left and right side are different parts - did you get the correct parts? It also appears that you bought an aftermarket part - any reason you didn't use OEM GM parts?
Yep, confirmed that I'm installing the correct parts on the correct side. As for aftermarket -- I just went to O'Reilly and told them what I needed. Here's what I'm working with:
http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...2973&ppt=C0106

Is there a reputable website online you can recommend for OEM? Thanks!
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Yep, confirmed that I'm installing the correct parts on the correct side. As for aftermarket -- I just went to O'Reilly and told them what I needed. Here's what I'm working with:
http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...2973&ppt=C0106

Is there a reputable website online you can recommend for OEM? Thanks!
I rarely buy auto parts from a web site as I live in a major, metropolitan area. Several years ago I replaced the front sway bar links on a family members Saturn Vue and bought the links from the Chevrolet dealer I patronize. The part's employee said they kept the links in stock as they sell many of them and they were interchangeable with the Equionox.

You may want to call local Chevrolet dealers to see if they have the parts in stock - then return the aftermarket ones to O'Reilley.

Good luck.
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I rarely buy auto parts from a web site as I live in a major, metropolitan area. Several years ago I replaced the front sway bar links on a family members Saturn Vue and bought the links from the Chevrolet dealer I patronize. The part's employee said they kept the links in stock as they sell many of them and they were interchangeable with the Equionox.

You may want to call local Chevrolet dealers to see if they have the parts in stock - then return the aftermarket ones to O'Reilley.

Good luck.
Thank you, I'll give this a try.
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Thank you, I'll give this a try.
Here is another thought as to why you might have received the wrong parts.
In doing some recent research I found out that some front suspension and steering parts are different depending on what size wheels were originally installed from the factory.

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Here is another thought as to why you might have received the wrong parts.
In doing some recent research I found out that some front suspension and steering parts are different depending on what size wheels were originally installed from the factory.
Excellent point. GM dealers can match the correct part to the vehicle using the vehicle identification number (VIN).

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