Please help me identify this Avalanche part......


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Old 07-23-14, 08:31 AM
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Please help me identify this Avalanche part......

this fell off of my 2002 Chevy Avalanche this morning. Any ideas what it is and how dangerous it is to NOT have it on my vehicle anymore?


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Old 07-23-14, 09:09 AM
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If it really fell off your vehicle (which I sort of doubt) yes, it's very dangerous. It's part of the suspension/steering. Though it's hard to say exactly what, it looks like it could be part of the center link. It should be very easy to find by getting under the truck with a flashlight.

I'd be very surprised that you wouldn't have noticed screeching and wobble as you drove before it broke off (if it broke off). The ball joint is dry as a bone and very worn.

If you or a friend can't find anything, then have it towed (do not drive it) to a shop with a lift so the can inspect the steering and suspension.
 
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Old 07-23-14, 09:16 AM
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That appears to be part of a sway bar. They are on front and rear axles. Check both axles for remaining pieces. If sway bar is the case, then you can drive it, but carefully as it will tend to rock like a boat.

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Old 07-23-14, 09:25 AM
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I was thinking sway bar as well ...... but I've never seen one just fall off .... but you do need to check to make sure it's not from your truck.
 
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Old 07-23-14, 09:32 AM
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I don't think I've ever seen that big a ball joint on a sway bar?? Of course I haven't had a full size truck in a while, either.

When I was looking at the parts diagrams, the shape didn't seem right for a sway bar end.

Visual inspection should find it pretty easy.
 
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Old 07-23-14, 10:18 AM
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Google "panhard rod" to get pics of various styles. I now think it is a panhard rod and will be located behind rear differential.

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