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How to Replace Rear Sway Bar Bushings 01-05 Honda Civic

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  1. step : Removing the Sway Bar Bracket (0:29)
    • Raise and support the vehicle on jack and jack stands
    • Spray the sway bar bracket bolts with rust penetrant
    • Remove the bracket bolts with a 12mm socket and extension
    • Remove the bracket from the bushing
  2. step : Removing the Sway Bar Bushing (1:18)
    • Pull out the sway bar a bit
    • Remove the sway bar bushing
  3. step : Installing the Sway Bar Bushing (2:00)
    • Press the bushing into place
  4. step : Reinstalling the Sway Bar Bracket (2:07)
    • Line up the holes on the sway bar bracket
    • Tighten the 12mm bolt to the sway bar bracket
    • Repeat the process for the other side

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In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the rear sway bar bushings. This is a 2003 Honda Civic. You'll need 12mm socket racket extension, jack and jack stands, and penetrating oil.

Raise and support the vehicle. We're going to spray down the bolts for our sway bar brackets with some penetrating oil. You can actually reach the back side on the lower bolts. Make sure you get that.

We're going to use the 12mm socket and extension. Tap it on, because our bolts are a little crusty. These are very prone to breaking, so don't be afraid to work them back and forth a little bit if they don't feel like they're coming out smoothly. Now you can remove your bracket from the bushing. Pull your bar back. Spread the bushing a little bit from the bar.

Common problems we see with these rear bushing is they tend to oval out, become very egg shaped. This can cause the sway bar to not seat properly, be able to move around during suspension travel. This can cause clunking noise over bumps or during hard cornering. It can also create, kind of, an unstable feeling in the rear end when you're cornering.

Our bushing looks okay. No dry rot. No egg shaping. We're going to go ahead and reinstall it. Spread the bushing over the bar. Go ahead and set it up. Take your bracket, and press it back over the bushing. Line up your holes, and reinstall your two 12mm bolts. Repeat these steps to remove and install the bushing on the opposite side.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 12mm Socket

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