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E21, E30General discussion and technical help for 1975-1991 3 series cars.
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Your Ride: 1991 325i; 1988 325is
sway bar broke..read on
The front right side of the bracket or whatever you call it that holds the sway bar bushing broke of the where the bolt is tight up to the engine side, i will post pics a bit later.
Can i drive the car like that or is it unsafe, it is the holiday weekend and i can’t go and get it fixed anywhere right now. Can it be welded on again or i need new metal peace there.
It happened last night driving home. When i go over big bumps it started to make clinking sounds. Otherwise on a straight road there is no issue or sound coming, it doesn’t really affect me driving but just to be on the safe side i wanted to ask if i can continue on until fixed.
updateictures below, i hope it clarifies my concern, the left side is still in tact, but with the pressure and what not i don't know if it will last long.
you probably need to take pictures.. technically, you probably dont really need a swaybar at all(dont quote me on it) so if you are gonna drive it, dont rip around turns and dont do it unless completely necessary
Originally Posted by c1apton
I keep forgetting that - I have a great memory but it doesn't last long
What you broke is a sway bar link- and no it's not a good idea to drive on it. Your front tires,the cars handling (including struts) depend on the sway bar.Plus the broken part is still attatched and you have the possibility of further damage by letting it go "as is"
Oh that sucks. c1apton spoke 11 minutes too soon- it would be logical that the sway bar links would go first, but it looks like it's got new ones installed and that caused the metal elswhere to fatigue. Yea, that's gonna be a weld job. If they do a good job of it, it should be stronger than original. Better have the other side checked out as well. I wouldn't drive it around much till it's repaired tho.
yea after seeing the pics - the new links are obvious, but I'm wondering now if they are the correct ones? If the new ones are too long (tall) they could cause a fatique failure as your pics show.
And as "D-sky" mentioned you need a good welder and ASAP and drive that with MAJOR caution if you dare drive it.
It's not as bad as people make it out to be here. Just be sure to have it welded this week, as soon as you get a chance. I wouldn't drive it much like that it won't be a big deal if you need to drive to the grocery store and baCK.
Also, when you take it to the weld shop, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have them reinforce the other side.