300M Sway Bar Links

Discussion in 'Chrysler 300' started by Steve B., May 11, 2004.

  1. Steve B.

    Steve B. Guest

    My sister's 2000 300M was just diagnosed today with bad sway bar
    links.

    Three Questions:
    #1 How hard are they to replace? I have found several postings
    saying that it can be done in ten minutes each but the dealer wants
    about $100 labor so something doesn't add up.

    #2 What is the consequence of not replacing them at this time. The
    noise isn't bad but it does get annoying when you are going slow on
    bumpy pavement,

    #3 She has the Chrylser extended warranty. Dealer claims these
    aren't covered as they are normal wear items. Personally I have never
    heard of front end parts being considered normal wear items. She's
    going to call Chrysler warranty about it but I was wondering if any
    others here have had experience with this.

    Thanx
    Steve B.
     
    Steve B., May 11, 2004
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  2. Steve B.

    Bill Putney Guest

    "Steve B." wrote:
    >
    > My sister's 2000 300M was just diagnosed today with bad sway bar
    > links.
    >
    > Three Questions:
    > #1 How hard are they to replace? I have found several postings
    > saying that it can be done in ten minutes each but the dealer wants
    > about $100 labor so something doesn't add up.


    1 hour job for a first-time DIY'er, 20 minutes tops total for both sides
    for someone in a shop with the proper tools. Remove two nuts per side,
    remove end link, put new end link on, install and tighten nuts.
    Everything easily accessible, especially with a lift (for DIY'er leave
    car on ground turn steering wheel to full right lock to do left side,
    full left lock to do right side, or might be slightly easier with wheels
    off and both front wheels off the ground at the same time to relieve all
    sway bar pressure). The only potential problem is that the nuts might
    be a little tight (or rusty) on the studs, and the studs could turn in
    the sway bar without lossening the nut - but easily taken care of as
    Chrysler extended the studs out and made them hex shape to perfectly
    mate with a small wrench (either 5/16" or 8mm - socket, box, or open
    end) to hold them still while turning the nut.

    > #2 What is the consequence of not replacing them at this time. The
    > noise isn't bad but it does get annoying when you are going slow on
    > bumpy pavement,


    Only consequence is noise - no damage, unless one were to come
    completely apart (not very likely).

    > #3 She has the Chrylser extended warranty. Dealer claims these
    > aren't covered as they are normal wear items. Personally I have never
    > heard of front end parts being considered normal wear items. She's
    > going to call Chrysler warranty about it but I was wondering if any
    > others here have had experience with this.


    I don't know about the warranty.

    Bill Putney
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    Bill Putney, May 12, 2004
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  3. Steve B.

    Art Guest

    Read the service agreement. Whether it is covered depends on the one she
    has. Should be in her glove box.


    "Steve B." <this is not my real address@.com> wrote in message
    news:...
    > My sister's 2000 300M was just diagnosed today with bad sway bar
    > links.
    >
    > Three Questions:
    > #1 How hard are they to replace? I have found several postings
    > saying that it can be done in ten minutes each but the dealer wants
    > about $100 labor so something doesn't add up.
    >
    > #2 What is the consequence of not replacing them at this time. The
    > noise isn't bad but it does get annoying when you are going slow on
    > bumpy pavement,
    >
    > #3 She has the Chrylser extended warranty. Dealer claims these
    > aren't covered as they are normal wear items. Personally I have never
    > heard of front end parts being considered normal wear items. She's
    > going to call Chrysler warranty about it but I was wondering if any
    > others here have had experience with this.
    >
    > Thanx
    > Steve B.
     
    Art, May 12, 2004
    #3
  4. Steve B.

    Mazza Guest

    The link on my '99 300M broke a couple weeks ago. At first I though it was
    the brackets on the muffler that broke and was making the rattling noise
    which was more apparent when going over dips and bumps. Took it to a
    muffler shop last weekend and they found the link to be broken - they welded
    it for $9 and its been OK so far.
    What kind of damage can happen if a broken link is not repaired?
    thanks
    Mazza

    "Steve B." <this is not my real address@.com> wrote in message
    news:...
    > My sister's 2000 300M was just diagnosed today with bad sway bar
    > links.
    >
    > Three Questions:
    > #1 How hard are they to replace? I have found several postings
    > saying that it can be done in ten minutes each but the dealer wants
    > about $100 labor so something doesn't add up.
    >
    > #2 What is the consequence of not replacing them at this time. The
    > noise isn't bad but it does get annoying when you are going slow on
    > bumpy pavement,
    >
    > #3 She has the Chrylser extended warranty. Dealer claims these
    > aren't covered as they are normal wear items. Personally I have never
    > heard of front end parts being considered normal wear items. She's
    > going to call Chrysler warranty about it but I was wondering if any
    > others here have had experience with this.
    >
    > Thanx
    > Steve B.
     
    Mazza, May 12, 2004
    #4
  5. Steve B.

    mic canic Guest

    only max care covers the links

    "Steve B." wrote:

    > My sister's 2000 300M was just diagnosed today with bad sway bar
    > links.
    >
    > Three Questions:
    > #1 How hard are they to replace? I have found several postings
    > saying that it can be done in ten minutes each but the dealer wants
    > about $100 labor so something doesn't add up.
    >
    > #2 What is the consequence of not replacing them at this time. The
    > noise isn't bad but it does get annoying when you are going slow on
    > bumpy pavement,
    >
    > #3 She has the Chrylser extended warranty. Dealer claims these
    > aren't covered as they are normal wear items. Personally I have never
    > heard of front end parts being considered normal wear items. She's
    > going to call Chrysler warranty about it but I was wondering if any
    > others here have had experience with this.
    >
    > Thanx
    > Steve B.
     
    mic canic, May 14, 2004
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