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Old 08-28-2013, 17:11   #1 (permalink)
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Need Help Identifying a Part

I was changing my brake pads today and noticed this piece was broken from the top. Attached is an image of the piece that is broken circled in red.

I don't have any problems with steering and the handling seems responsive so I am unsure to exactly as to what it is. I am by no means an expert on vehicles but I do have a working knowledge on minor maintenance and repair. For the life of me though, I can't figure out what this part is other than some sort of stabilizer.

Tomorrow when I have daylight on my side again I will take an actual picture of the piece on my Explorer. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Its a little difficult to see exactly which bit is broken but the long bit that is vertical is the sway bar link. The sway bar is a torsion bar so it helps to prevent the vehicle from leaning over during cornering. It may not be readily noticeable when driving but you should fix it straight away as it can affect the handling especially if you were in an emergency maneuver of some sort.
The only other part I see that may be broken is the rubber boot on the tie rod end.
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Old 08-28-2013, 19:20   #3 (permalink)
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Yup, looks like a broken sway bar link. FIX IT FAST!!!. AND STAY AWAY FROM ANY HIGH SPEED ERRATIC LANE CHANGES TILL YOU DO. BE SAFE.
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As above , sway bar link..Over here in UK/Europe we call it "front anti roll bar link " which kinda explains what it helps to do .
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Here are uploaded images from my explorer to to help clear things up. I appreciate the help so far thanks.
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Old 08-29-2013, 13:49   #6 (permalink)
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Simple job to fix/replace and inexpensive.
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