i have problems with my rear sway bars...

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Asked by Oct 28, 2011 at 07:22 PM about the Honda Civic

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i recently installed a custom-built rear sway bar for my civic...both ends fits perfectly with each wishbone's socket in the
middle..it lifted the rear suspension by a quarter of an inch and the springs were working without wiggling...but the screw on
the left end got loose and the whole left side of the car dropped and the sway bar was grinding on the road...

there's the deal, i got new bolt and screws and put the sway bar back...but im afraid i didnt wrench it tight enough so it might
happen again...

i need suggestions, should i re-align the sway bar to fit the rear perfectly or should i fabricate another one to fit the parallel
front end side... will a much stiffer wishbone help? other than improved cornering...

fyi the sway bar i fabricated for the front suspension (fitted under the hood,holds the shocks together and makes the ride
stiffer) had no problems eversince, and it's smaller/thinner by half an inch in diameter than the rear end which is a 2-inch solid
steel bar...

3 Answers

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I think you might have tightened the screw too tight the first time, putting too much stress on the the screw head, try looking up the torque specs for those screws.

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thanks man...yeah it might help...but in our country, there are a lot of uneven roads and potholes the size of astroids lol! will the constant movement and vibration of the car loosen the screws again?

55

I just realized i read your first question wrong, I thought the head on the screws stripped off,but to answer your question, yes , that can happe, you could use threadlock adhesive on the screw for extra security, or you like you said,tighten then a little more.

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