2011 K5 Turbo
Replacing Worn Endlinks
Does your suspension sounds like this??
Then it might be time to change your endlinks!
You can tell your endlinks are going bad when you only hear the clunking noise on uneven surfaces, especially when turning. Flat roads and highways won't make any noise at all.
Difficulty : Easy
Time : ~1/2 Hour - 1 Hour (Depending on availability of tools and experience)
Things you'll need:
2 x floor jacks, or 1 floor jack and a jack stand
1 x breaker bar
1 x socket wrench with a short socket (19MM or 3/4")
1 x long lug nut socket (19MM or 3/4")
1 x torque wrench
1 x rubber mallet
2 x new endlinks (front left and front right)
1 x Air compressor
1 x Impact screwdriver
Begin by putting on your parking brake, and breaking loose the lugs before you lift the car off the ground
Jack up the car. If you only have one jack, set it on a jack stand, you'll need the jack soon
Remove the lugs and put the wheel aside
The endlink is the long vertical bar with the yellow sticker connecting the sway bar to the shocks
Both bolts are 3/4" or 19MM, you need a short socket to fit in the small space. This nut will be TIGHT, I recommend hitting the socket wrench with the rubber mallet as seen below.
Note: When loosening the nuts, the bolt might spin in place, be sure to look on the other side of the mount point and see if it is spinning instead of loosening the nut. If so, grip it with a pair of vice grips to hold it in place.
If you have a compressor and air tools, you can break it loose that way
Remove the bottom nut
Location of the top nut
Removed, you can see it slanting due to the pull of the suspension
Jack up the suspension to relieve the pressure on the endlink
Lift it up until the bolt is straight
Grab the endlink and pull it out
Put the new endlink in place
Tighten up the nuts, as tight as possible
Replace the wheel, tightening up the lugs in a star pattern
Tighten up the lugs to 80 ft/lb with a torque wrench
The opposite side is the same, just reversed
Note: This may affect your alignment. It is recommended you get an alignment after replacing these.