Changing the sway bar link (also known as an anti-roll bar, torsion beam) on an ACURA model is an easy job that you can perform right in your driveway. The average cost to change Acura sway bar links at the dealer or auto repair shop is in the $280 to $450 range. Changing the sway bar links on Acura yourself is very easy, requires less than $100 in parts and two hours for most DIYers.
To change an ACURA sway bar link you will need a few basic tools and about one hour for each link. In this guide, you will find instructions on how to change ACURA sway bar link. Instructions are the same for passenger and driver side sway bar link. Note this guide does not show how to change sway bar bushings and brackets.
- Clunking noise,
- Rattling from the front end,
- Loose suspension,
- Poor handling
What you will need
Park your ACURA on a level surface. Set the parking brake. Secure the rear wheels. Loosen the lug nuts.
Jack up your ACURA Secure the rear wheels and set the parking brake.
Locate the sway bar link that you will be replacing.
Location of sway bar link on Acura TLX.
Location of sway bar link on Acura TL.
Remove the nut that secures the sway bar link to the front strut.
Remove the lower nut that secures the sway bar link to the sway bar.
Install the new sway bar and torque the nuts according to the manufacturer specification.
- Spray penetrating oil on the sway bar link bolts and allow it penetrate the nut for 15 minutes.
- The sway bar link bolt will easily spin. Counter hold the bolt as you remove the nut.
- It is recommended to change the sway bar bushing at the same time that you change the link.
- Alignment is not required if you are only replacing the sway bar links and bushings. Unless you are replacing tie rod, strut, control arm or ball joint in which case you will need front wheel alignment.
Sway Bar Link Tightening Torque
- Torque the sway bar link bolts to 45 ft. lbs. (60 Nm)*
*Verify torque specification by calling your dealer.