HELP NEEDED: Brakes and Sway Bar [Archive] - Hyundai Elantra Forum

: HELP NEEDED: Brakes and Sway Bar

03-09-2006, 08:38 AM
I just tried to install my sway bar, with my "tools" (LOL) and it didnt work. My bolts are rusted on pretty bad. I havent attempted to do the brake pads yet, but I have a feeling they are the same way since they havent been changed in the life of the vehicle. My brakes are actually getting bad and are starting to squeak kinda often when I brake.

So I was wondering if I could solicit for some help. I live in MD, and was looking for some help and/or "guidance" with installing my brake pads, and the sway bar.

03-09-2006, 08:41 AM
if you want to take a drive...i will do it for ya

03-09-2006, 08:47 AM
Thanks alot dude. I may have to consider that (200+miles.) Hopefully, I can find someone a tad closer.

Again thanks.

03-09-2006, 08:55 AM
you can always try some rust buster or some other penatrating oil!! they worked wonders on my brakes...trying to get those bolts off the knuckle...if your just doing pads it really should be an issue...

are you using a wrench behind the sway bar??? its on the endlink because there is a part that needs to be held while you try to turn the nut itself

03-09-2006, 09:01 AM
I was using a wrench. Cant remem the size, but I sprayed it down with W40, and tried to get it to move but it wouldnt. It actually started to strip the bolt, thats when I stopped.

The brakes I havent attempted yet. I have a ratchet set and wrench set (both cheap) so I may try on it. I tried a wrench on it before(just to see if I could get it to budge), and the bolt started to strip. Im gonna try the ratchet set on it next, with a little W40. .

03-09-2006, 09:02 AM
is it a 12pt set or a 6pt...that makes a difference...a 6pt obvioulsy will fit the bolt better

03-09-2006, 09:09 AM
lol umm I have no idea. Be right back to tell you.

No idea, but I imagine its only a 12pt. Everytime Ive used them, Ive had an issue of them causing some stripping if the bolt is on super tight.

03-09-2006, 09:11 AM
it either looks like a hexagon...or a freakish 12 point thing...whatever that shape is called!! LOL

03-09-2006, 09:13 AM
OOOO LOL. Its a hexagon.

03-09-2006, 09:15 AM
ok....yeah you need real penatrating oil...wd40 is ok...but its more of a loosener than a break crap up oil....i forget what i have but you need to let it sit there for a couple of minutes....and did you get the wd40 on the endlink boots??? because if you did...wipe them down...the wd40 has a tendency to eat rubber

03-09-2006, 09:16 AM
boots?The only bolt I sprayed id the top part of the endlink. On a side note, both of my endlinks are metal. I have no idea what boots are LOL. Ima noob.

03-09-2006, 09:20 AM
the rubber part around the bearing in the endlink...where the bolt comes out of...its the only rubber on the whole thing

03-09-2006, 09:28 AM
No i didnt spray that.

03-09-2006, 09:31 AM
ah i said get some REAL penetrating oil....just ask the guy at your local pep boys or autozone...or advanced auto parts...whatever is around you...spray it with that and that should do it...

you have an o4 right??? the pic is too far away i really cant with my HI speed the pics arent very clear

03-09-2006, 09:41 AM
I drive an 01. And Ill see about getting these brakes done.

03-09-2006, 09:57 AM
if you want...when can you come up?? i'm free tomorrow all day hell its supposed to be in the 60's!

03-09-2006, 10:18 AM
Did you find some help yet? I am in Glen Burnie and I should be able to help you out. We just need to match up our schedules.

03-09-2006, 11:00 AM
Thx alot for the offer. I found some help from some xd friends. To everyone that offered thanks again.

Guess what, the brake squeaking actually stopped. When I was taking off the passenger wheel, the "lug nuts" were actually very loose. It took no power to take them off. So I checked all my wheels, and tighten them very tight (used foot power LOL.) And now, the squeaking (which I thought was my brakes) has stopped. Plus the vibration at 60mph is gone. Good thing I checked them.

03-09-2006, 03:12 PM
Yea, that's a good thing, good thing your wheels didnt roll off.... this happened to my cousin.. Make sure you dont over tighten the lugs because they break fairly easy...

03-09-2006, 06:40 PM
yeah that would do it!!

03-09-2006, 08:47 PM
another reason I'm glad that I've now got a torque wrench.

03-09-2006, 09:04 PM
wow be glad you didn't die racing reece ;)

03-09-2006, 09:36 PM
^ you and those ludacris lyrics

yeah torque wrenchs are a good thing...i should invest in one or two

03-09-2006, 09:55 PM
don't mess with the luda...

03-10-2006, 11:33 AM
^ i'm not mad respect!

arun...did you get anything accomplished other than tightening the wheel?

03-10-2006, 11:49 AM
Nothing is accomplished.

I still have both the sway bar, and brake pads in my trunk. LOL

03-10-2006, 02:26 PM
Go back and look at reply #17 and PM me. Since you tightened up the wheel have you had any grinding sounds? I ask because just changing the pads is easy, removing the rotors and having to wait to have them turned can be a pain. How many miles did you say you have on the current brakes?

03-10-2006, 03:02 PM
Go back and look at reply #17 and PM me. Since you tightened up the wheel have you had any grinding sounds? I ask because just changing the pads is easy, removing the rotors and having to wait to have them turned can be a pain. How many miles did you say you have on the current brakes?

Before when I braked, there used to be this screeching noise til I came to a stop. Like loud screeching (no grinding,) and lil vibration. I thought my rotors were warped and pads almost gone. Well when I took the wheel off, I found out that the wheel was very loose. (It took maybe a few pounds of pressure to remove the lug nuts.)

So it made me think...maybe something was rubbing. At high speeds I would get this vibration that would worry me. It felt like one of my wheels was low on air, the way the car rumbled. (kinda like driving with a flat tire, but not to that extent.) But now that Ive tightened the wheel, I no longer have this vibration, or the loud screeching (sounded like metal to rotors) noise.

And on a side note, my pads still have plenty of life left. Its like they have a 1/4 in of pad left before they hit the metal siding. And my rotors look great.

My car is an Auto 01 Elantra with 55K miles. I dont think the brakes have been changed in the life of the vehicle (I got the car in May 05 at 38K miles.)

03-10-2006, 03:36 PM
Well it sounds like all you need to do is replace the pads and if there is that much left on the current pads there should be no rush, but since you have the new pads and will only take a few min to change them its up to you how long you want to wait, just don't wait too long then you will need to get the rotors done. It looks like the nuts on the endlinks will be the biggest pain.

03-10-2006, 03:50 PM
Yea. Im going to get some help changing them next Sat. But again Rob, thanks for offering your help.

03-10-2006, 03:54 PM
reece i'll be home next week... if i get some freetime we can meet up somewhere and i can do it for you. or rob, whichever no big deal, as long as you get it done :)

03-10-2006, 04:00 PM
You'll be home for Spring break?

03-10-2006, 08:39 PM
i have to say that i have NEVER turned my rotors....and they are just long as nothing digs into them your good to go...

03-11-2006, 04:15 PM
hey aaron, we need to hang out while your at home, so if this isnt done lets all chill. I will be selling my springtech springs shortly