Okay, the vehicle is a 2005 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab 4 wheel drive pickup
with approximately 40,000 miles on it. A couple of days ago I found a
part laying in my driveway that looked like the nut and part of the stud
off of a sway bar. I assumed that it had either broken off of my older
V10 Ram or someone's vehicle who had been visiting.
Well, this evening I happened to look under the front end of my Dakota
and to my surprise both sides of the sway bar (I think that is what it
is called) were no longer connected. I photographed one side and posted
the image at http://www.dongares.com/front%20end%20part.htm so please
take a look and tell me what the exact part description is of the
vertical part that is broken so that I can order a couple of them.
BTW - it appears that they have been broken for some time and I have not
noticed the vehicle driving one bit different.
Your help would be appreciated.
The sway bar must not do much because I never even missed it when
driving. What I find somewhat surprising is the fact that the links on
the 2005 five broke while they are still fine on my beat up 1995 3/4 ton
V10 Ram which really takes a beating.
I *Believe* that the only reason you'll think they are useless right now
is, because the pickup is empty, plus you haven't had to do a
panic/emergency turn with or without a load. Yeah, the trucks have bigger
springs negating the needed effect of sway bar when there is no load and
driven like a car...
but if you put a camper for example, or a load that weighs anything, it
would become readily apparent, imho.
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