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In my experience you can't see a bad sway bar bushing. A rubber mallet whacked on the bar near the bushing will sometimes "show" you if you have a problem.
Once the end links are removed, you can check the play on the sway bar to determine the condition of the bushings right? At least thats how I tested them.
 

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Yes most certainly if you remove the tension its easy to tell of there is play in the bushing. If I was replacing the endlinks I think I would just automatically replace the bushings.
If you don't have the endlinks loose then as I said its a bit difficult to determine if the bushings are causing problems. You can't just look at them and tell IMHO.
 

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Discussion Starter #23
In this first photo, I thought maybe the passenger side had paint missing where circled, but it was just mud or dried water mark as it wiped right off.

I thought these bushings looked ok. Still thinking it鈥檚 the left ball joint.









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I still think you can't tell by looking at them. I would replace them before you mess with the ball joint. It's a cheap repair but admittedly a bit of a PIA because of access to the bolts. BTW, the bushings are split so you don't need to remove the bar, just work on one side at a time.
 
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