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    1. 01-22-2015 05:42 PM #1
      My sway bar end links are shot, and opposed to paying a shop 60$ or whatever for labor to replace them I tried to do it myself earlier today. It's on a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta wolfsburg Ed. I was able to break the top nut loose connecting to the strut. Now after that, all it did was spin..... I turned it atleast 40 times with a ratchet and the nut just spun not separating from the bolt at all.. Am I missing something or is it somehow stripped.
      Last edited by MKVWolf1; 01-22-2015 at 07:31 PM.

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      01-23-2015 07:44 AM #2
      There's somewhere to get an open ended wrench on the other side of the link up against the bar. It will only have two flat spots on it - won't look like a regular nut.
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      01-23-2015 02:43 PM #3
      Look carefully at the threaded end of the part the nut is screwed onto at the link below
      http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-...ont/ES2576449/

      You need a either a Torx or allen to fit into there snugly to hold bolt while you turn nut off, I use this special socket from HB to get nut off.
      http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-to...set-67974.html

      If you strip outthe inside before you get nut off you are screwed, then you will need to cut it off.

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    6. 01-23-2015 07:16 PM #4
      Thanks for the help guys. I guess I didnt stick my head under there far enough to see if anything fit into it to hold the bolt. I'll take a look at it tomorrow. That is definitely a good tool for a job like this. Any tip for getting access to get the bottom nut off? I'm guessing take some of the inner wheel fender off. I wish I had a dremel though I would have cut it off in like two minutes.

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      01-23-2015 08:12 PM #5
      I messed mine up first time I changed them and ended up taking to dealer who charged me $150 to get old ones off and put my new ones on, expensive lesson learned!

    8. 01-24-2015 11:24 AM #6
      Damn man that is rough! I am hoping to fix at least the one side today, hopefully it will come out now that i know there is a spot for an allen wrench/torx to fit in there. Thanks again man.

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      01-21-2020 02:46 PM #8
      Figured I'd BUMP this old thread and correct some misinformation. The screw end of the upper sway bar end link is a 6mm triple square, not torx. A 6mm hex works initially, but quickly stripped out the head after mine spun. I hammered in the triple square and it made light work of removing what I though had to be cut off.

      As rcprato pointed out, look closely, and you'll see it's a 12pt:
      Last edited by JCMaler; 01-21-2020 at 02:52 PM.

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      01-27-2020 09:35 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by JCMaler View Post
      Figured I'd BUMP this old thread and correct some misinformation. The screw end of the upper sway bar end link is a 6mm triple square, not torx. A 6mm hex works initially, but quickly stripped out the head after mine spun. I hammered in the triple square and it made light work of removing what I though had to be cut off.

      As rcprato pointed out, look closely, and you'll see it's a 12pt:
      yeap always need hex, torx and triple squares in the tool box. Work is easier with the right tools
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