Originally Posted by mishar
Bushings are integral part with the sway bar. They are fused on it. Once they get separated you start getting all kind of sounds from there....
I realize these cars are not designed with ease or cost of maintenance in mind, but could there not be a better way to integrate the bushing to the bar? A replaceable bushing would sure be nice! Especially considering how many AW members' first post is "My car has a squeaking from the front end".
As for the function, either the bar being fused to the bushing is part of its function or it's not. I suspect it has little effect on the bar's end-to-end torsion, and therefore could theoretically be made as a replacement part. On the other hand, why would VWAG go to the expense of making them attached (unless it is
their intent to prevent the noise)?
One factory I used to work with made rubber and urethane specialty springs, bushings and (mostly) wheels. Cost was around $40 each for something of that size and they'd make a set of 3-4 of varying durometer so the end user could spec out future orders.