Time takes its toll on rubber. We replace the old and hardened swaybar bushings, ball joints, and boots on our low-mileage 1997 Viper.
As we mentioned in Part 12, it’s not just mileage but age that affects fluids and rubber components in a car. Our Viper has less than 10,000 miles and most of the rubber bushings in the car are completely shot.
The front swaybar endlink boot is completely destroyed from age alone. This car has lived in a climate-controlled environment and has not seen high brake temps from any track use.
The lower swaybar end link is equally as destroyed. The lower control arm outer ball joint boot is also cracked and leaking grease.
The boots in the tie-rod ends are also cracked completely though.
To replace all of these components, we removed the brake rotor and caliper, then the tie rod end.
Next, we needed to remove the upright/knuckle itself. We loosened the upper control arm ball joint nut, then used a pickle-fork to remove the ball joint from the upright. We did the same for the lower control arm ball joint.