No, it's not supposed to be bent, but I don't think that would do any harm at all. It's just meant to directly connect with the arm coming off the mount on the rear sway bar. You could bend it back to straight, but I don't think it would make much difference.
Yeah, that does look a bit warped. But again, as long as it moves smoothly up and down with the arm, it should work fine. Here's a pic of the one I just refreshed and put on my car - the valve at right, without the collapsed mount.
I get that some have bent arms on/from their cars here when examined..
Weren't these valves working on theses cars [with 'bent' arms] for years... before being taken apart, for presumably differing reasons?
Normal operation, I should not think, would cause a lateral deflection of that arm enough to BEND it. Seriously??
I wish I had an image of my 560 valve/arm here. I dunno if mine is in the distorted/bent camp or not.
So... What else might be the story here?
Enquiring mind standing by....
Why are we removing these arms to bend/straighten from 'until now' great working SLS suspension systems?
I'm not changing my terrific SLS arm 'cause someone else's looks different.
I have a little mind I guess, but I want a better reason to affect a change.
I was doing work on the car and had to remove the valave and noticed it was bent not sure if this was normal.
Im assuming once the arm is set it does not move from its position
Thinking about it that lever would take a fair bit of force to bend it
Got it. So it is not supposed to be bent, but a small bend shouldn't affect functionality.
Actually the arm moves up and down constantly as the car is driving. It's attached to the rear sway bar. The idea is that if the rear end is riding too low, the arm is raised and more hydraulic fluid flows to the rams/accumulators, raising the rear. Once level, the arm returns to it's neutral position parallel with the ground and fluid stops flowing into the rams/accumulators. If the rear is too high, the arm is pushed down, causing fluid to flow out of the rams/accumulators, lowering the rear of the car.
I think you’re all overthinking it, it doesn’t matter how bent it is laterally. The range of motion is vertical and the bend you’re showing me is horizontal. What I’m saying is, it will move in the sAme range whether or not there is some curve, which may have occurred during install (I.e. The link will bolt to the arm if the arm is bent a few degrees, but not if it’s dead straight)... go ahead and straighten it if you want, it won’t change the action of the SLS one bit
I think he's asking if it's supposed to be that way or not. The answer is "no". It did not come from the factory that way. Should you try to straighten it? I think I probably would, just because it isn't right, and I'm a little ADHD. Just be careful not to put too much side force on the shaft while you're working on it.
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