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Goats,

This is a write up of how to fix your electronic sway bar. Sometimes the electronic sway bar indicator on your dash notification system continuously blinks notifying you the device is either stuck in the locked/unlocked position. Instead of driving down the street unlocked, pitching and rolling like Maverick and Goose through the danger zone, this article will show you how to get it back to the normal mall crawler status.

Step 1: Make John put the vape down.

Step 2: Disconnect the SmartBar cable from the vehicle.

Step 3: Remove the 3 – 15 mm bolts on the SmartBar.

Step 4: Remove the SmartBar from the electronic sway bar housing and the plastic rivet holding the cable that was attached to it. Inspect the interior of the device for corrosion or damage.

Step 5: Reconnect the SmartBar to the cable only and allow it to dangle.

Step 6: Start your vehicle and activate the electronic sway bar while in 4 wheel drive. There are 2 plungers on the SmartBar. The silver, skinny plunger is a sensor that recognizes if the electronic sway bar is connected/disconnected. The black plunger actually extends to manipulate the locking collar. If the black plunger extends and retracts with the push of the sway bar button, your electronic sway bar will work with a little cleaning and greasing. If it doesn?t, the SmartBar needs to be replaced. Remember that your sway bar indicator on your dash notification will blink after you depress the sway bar button until you depress the silver sensor on the electronic sway bar.

Step 7: Remove the 18 mm bolt and nut from the bottom of the driver/passenger sway bar links.

Step 8: Remove the 4 – 5/8? retaining bolts holding the sway bar to the frame.

Step 9: Rotate the sway bar appropriately to be able to remove it from the Jeep.

Step 10: Remove the 5 – 15 mm bolts from the electronic sway bar housing unit and the 1 – 15 mm sway bar rubber isolator mounting bolt.

Step 11: Open the electronic sway bar housing, clean it very well, grease they hell out of it, then reassemble it. You may need to tap out the locking sprocket housing using the sensor hole in the housing. Please refer to the picture of how to do this. Remember that the notched ends of the cog wheels face each other and the large washer sits in the milled area on the driver end of the sway bar sprocket. If this is not done properly, the housing will not seat correctly and the electronic sway bar will malfunction again requiring you to do everything again. In addition, only torque the bolts to 45 lbs (just remember how it felt removing the bolts. It was lightly tightened.)

Step 12: Reverse the previous steps to mount the electronic sway bar disconnect back on the Jeep and test it out.

Yours Truly,
Trailsteak


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2 Comments

    • John Davis
      John Davis

      Some of the trail reports are also published to the forum. At the bottom of the post there is a link “Start the discussion at forum.bgorc.com” which takes you to that post. Replies to that thread show up as comments on the blog post.

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