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Old 04-23-2013, 12:22 PM
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Track Bar (2008 F250) -- DIY or Shop?

I took my truck in for a vibration issue and it appears that I need a new
Track Bar in the front. The shop quoted me $260 Labor + $250ish for the part.
I've looked and most bars I see are around $150.

My question is (a) Is replacing the Track bar simple? Or should I leave it to
the shop to do?

Second question, who sells the cheapest Track bar online? I just need the
cheapest part because I'm gonna sell this F250.

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** Edited "Sway to Track"

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Sway bar or drag link?
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:30 PM
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It appears that I had a communications snafu with the folks on the phone.
It isn't the Sway Bar that is at fault, it is the Track Bar.
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Now that I've confirmed it is the Track Bar, it looks like the bushing is
toast (Part #3A116 - Suspension Stabilizer Bar Bushing). My question is
with the difficulty of replacing this bushing. Can you manually get the old
one out and pop in a new one? Or is it a real pain in the azz without some
tool?



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You can do it. I believe the bushing needs to be pressed in. Maybe you can take the track bar off and have a shop press in the bushing.
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You can do it yourself. Jack it up and support the frame with jackstands, and use a jack to support the front axle. You may have to take the tires off
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You can do it. I believe the bushing needs to be pressed in. Maybe you can take the track bar off and have a shop press in the bushing.


Thanks for the tip. I called a few local places and they all say the same thing.

No.

Their reasoning is that shop insurance won't cover it. Sounds like BS to me and
a way to keep people from buying $18 parts and no labor charge and pushing
them into buying ready made expensive parts from their supplier and throwing
on a labor charge to boot.

The local shop quoted me $250/parts + $250/labor to completely replace
my track bar when the only fault is an $18 bushing.
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Thanks for the tip. I called a few local places and they all say the same thing.

No.

Their reasoning is that shop insurance won't cover it. Sounds like BS to me and
a way to keep people from buying $18 parts and no labor charge and pushing
them into buying ready made expensive parts from their supplier and throwing
on a labor charge to boot.

The local shop quoted me $250/parts + $250/labor to completely replace
my track bar when the only fault is an $18 bushing.
It sounds like bs to me also. My local shop pressed in a new bushing for me.
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Surely you know someone with a press or you can rig one up yourself with a jack
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Do yourself a HUGE favor...Check the track bar ball joint on the passenger side...If your bushing is toast, so is the ball joint. The track bar is easy to do, but the ball joint will require the proper tools.

Good Luck!
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