I know this is an old thread but I still have some questions.
I have a 2000' Taurus with the same symptoms, does any one have the correct name for the boots and link attachments? I would like to find the best place to purchase and how much they typically cost. Once you remove the nut, do you have to press out the bolt, or does it just come apart? My book only tells me where to jack it up at and how to loosen the bolt, but does not say anything about replacing the boot.
We were talking about the front sway bar links (AKA Stabilizer bar links, Stabilizer bar end links, sway bar end links). They have a ball stud (Joint) on each end. One end attaches to the sway bar, the other end attaches to the front suspension strut. The boots on the ball studs are not serviced seperately. You have to buy a new sway bar link. They are held on by 2 nuts per side, they thread onto the ball studs. After removing the nuts, the ball studs should slip out of the attaching points, but in very rare cases they can be rusted to the attaching points. A little penetraiting lube, and or a hammer comes in handy here.
When installing the new links, remember to hold the stud from turning while tightening the nut, or hold the nut stationary and turn the stud counter-clockwise until the nut is tight. The replacement links you buy may or may not have greasable ball studs (joints). If they are greasable, make sure you have a grease gun to pump them up slowly with grease. When the grease just starts to come out, stop pumping.
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The list that pops up is both front and rear sway bar links. Look for Front in the description, Left and Right front are different. It's up to you which ones you buy, whatever you can afford, but i wouldn't go for the Deeza's or Mevotech's. Not brand names I've heard of before. MOOG, A/C Delco, and Raybestos are all well known, they do also offer original Ford Motorcrafts
if you want to spend the extra coin.