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Old 04-04-2012, 10:13 AM   #1
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Default broken ball joint? or is it the control arm? help please

While doing some work on my car yesterday i noticed this part, what i think is the ball joint, but i am not good with car parts really. I noticed that it looked broken and confirmed that is was by looking at the other side. i haven't noticed any difference in handling, i don't know how long it has even been like this, but it clearly needs to be fixed. My questions are; what is this part? is it dangerous to drive like this? Is it going to be an expensive fix?


this is the one on the other side, how it should look



these are the shots of the broken one

any help is appreciated, thankss!
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:20 AM   #2
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Sway bar endlink. Fairly cheap and easy to replace
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:32 AM   #3
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20470 SA001 STABILIZER LK CP F $32.87

One notes that what has failed, is indeed a ball-joint style joint. The part in question however, is as stated, a Stabilizer (Antiroll, Sway) Bar End Link
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:56 AM   #4
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http://www2.kartboy.com/x4/product.p...7&bestseller=Y

would this replace what i need?, or do i need to get new sway bars as well?
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:04 AM   #5
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yowza, that's a lot of rust... get the saw ready or take it to a shop to have them do it for you unless you like swearing at seized and stripped bolts.

you just need end links. make sure they will survive salty winters.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:06 AM   #6
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Just a side note: There was a recall on my 02 WRX for rusting lower control arms. It doesn't look like you had that done (they put on an anti rust coating if it isn't rusted too bad). It was location based as well, so Upstate NY may or may not have been part of the recall.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:22 AM   #7
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Just a side note: There was a recall on my 02 WRX for rusting lower control arms. It doesn't look like you had that done (they put on an anti rust coating if it isn't rusted too bad). It was location based as well, so Upstate NY may or may not have been part of the recall.
i have that notice letter still, and yes my area is covered, i suppose i'll go to my local subaru dealer and see if they will cover this under the recall, thank you.
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