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Hi Todd- I have a 1996 Pontiac Bonneville.  I am told the rear sway bar and kit need replaced but that the sway bar is no longer made?  I truly love my car and it is in great shape.  I assume since the sway bar was there that it is needed?  My husband wonders if it can just be removed if we cannot find a used sway bar to replace it?  

Any ideas, suggestions of where to purchase a new or used rear sway bar if one is available would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,
Natalie

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Hi Natalie:

you need the sway bar with out it the car will not handle very well on turns it keeps the body from rolling over on the suspension on turns and you will notice it especially on a freeway turn off. most manufactures only make/carry parts for if you lucky 7 or 8 years and  no longer make the parts or buy they parts to keep in their parts chain. parts like that are not usually mad by the auto manufacture any ways. if you look around on the internet you can find what your looking for. you can check local junk yards.  I did a quick search my self and found this. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-50-Diameter-Solid-4140-Chrome-Moly-Rear-Anti-Roll-Sway  You can widen your search to a Buick Lesabre or a Olds delta 88 they are all the same car BUT the diameter of the bar may be different so If you found a "KIT" that includes the bushings and links if you found one for a Buick you can make it work on a Pontiac.

Good luck.

P.S. those were really good cars around here in the north east they are long gone and rotted away!  

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General auto repair,electrical issues,driveability issues,anti-lock brakes,SIR systems,HVAC,engine performance,Gm specific. I have worked at my current dealership since the 1990 model year anything much older than that I have limited exposure to. I do not have very much transmission experience so those question you may want to ask of another expert. When you send me a question let me know the exact make/model/engine and year for the car or suv you have it makes it easier to answer the questions that way. If your happy with the answer I gave you please feel free to Donate. This is a free service to you and I am not compensated at all by this web site. I have 22 years of experience to share with you and my knowledge wasn't free to me. I had to pay for my education.

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Experience in the area: I have been a technician in GM dealerships for over 22 years and I am a ASE master technician. I work at a Buick and GMC truck store Previously I worked at a Pontiac GMC store for 18 years. I Served a a lead technician when dealership was on a team system. I just recently moved to a Buick,Hummer,Saab Store when my franchise was purchased by this dealership. Organizations: ASE master technician

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Education/Credentials:High school diploma,2 year vocational school degree 2 year college degree. Associates degree in applied sciences (auto technology)Awards and Honors: GMC master technician

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Master GMC truck technician Master ASE technician in 9 categories

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