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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-29-2019, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Front end sway bar end links

Hi all,
My Mazda dealer said my front sway bar end link bushings are ripped and seeping. Didn't say I had to replace them right then but I have been getting some symptoms I wonder if related to this:
1. Car doesn't handle as well as it used to, feel a lot of swaying side to side
2. Rougher over bumps than before
3. Some noise going over bumps but not sure if any worse than usual for a Mazda 3
4. Steering feels looser than before

Mazda wants $300 to replace them. Dualtone wanted the same with oem parts or $225 for non oem.
Any opinions or experiences? Thanks

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-31-2019, 05:58 AM
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Oh Jeez! I got my Moog endlinks from Advance Auto for $11 each after stacking RetailMeNot coupons, and installed them is about 10 minutes. Hardest part is jacking the car up to take the tire off.

It's two bolts, one at the top, one at the bottom. That's it. That's literally it.
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Oh Jeez! I got my Moog endlinks from Advance Auto for $11 each after stacking RetailMeNot coupons, and installed them is about 10 minutes. Hardest part is jacking the car up to take the tire off.



It's two bolts, one at the top, one at the bottom. That's it. That's literally it.
This is, of course dependent on where the car lives. Midwest salt can ruin your day with a job like this. It can be very easy, or you can end up pulling your hair out.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-31-2019, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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I have no tools, no jack, no garage and no ability.
I wonder if I should have Dualtone do it with non oem parts for the $225 as long as they use Moog?
I just don't want to make a mistake.
If it's just the bushings that are bad they have to replace the whole thing? Seems to be but I didn't expect it
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Endlinks.come.as full units. The parts should be reasonable enough. Go OE if you want, or find a good replacement. Moog is always a good choice. Or check with the shop as to which brand they use.

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I will have to decide who to trust more. I assume the Mazda dealer will know what they're doing but one time I got a wheel alignment from them and it was awful.
I get my alignments and tire balancing from Dualtone as they always seem to do a good job.
Decisions decisions
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Any shop should be able to replace swaybar endlinks, its a pretty simple job for a pro. It shouldn't take over 1hr to replace both. An independent shop will usually give you a choice for the grade of part they will be using, ask for whatever the better quality one is.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-08-2019, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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I had them replaced by Dualtone, I told them to use Moog parts and they did.
Cost $200, $100 less than what Mazda wanted
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