300, Magnum, 2005

Stabilizer Bar (Sway Bar) & Links

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Removal & Installation



2-Wheel Drive
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Raise and support vehicle.
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  5. Remove belly pan.

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    Fig. Stabilizer bat heat shield (3), stabilizer bar (2), heat shield screws (1)-2-wheel drive

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  7. On each side of vehicle, remove screws fastening stabilizer bar heat shield. Remove heat shield.

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    Fig. Isolator retainer (1) and bolts (2)-2-wheel drive

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  9. On each side of vehicle, remove bolts fastening stabilizer bar isolator retainer in place.

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    Fig. Correct retainer (1, 2) positioning-2-wheel drive

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  11. On each side of vehicle, remove retainer halves from around stabilizer bar isolator.

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    Fig. Utilizing slit, remove each isolator (1) from stabilizer bar (2)-2-wheel drive

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  13. Utilizing slit, remove each isolator from stabilizer bar.

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    Fig. Stabilizer link-to-bar attachment-2-wheel drive

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  15. On each side of vehicle, remove nut (5) fastening stabilizer link (3) to stabilizer bar (4). Slide link ball joint stem (1) from bar, then remove bar from vehicle.
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To install:


NOTE
When attaching stabilizer link to stabilizer bar, make sure link ball joint stem is pointed inboard toward engine cradle.

  1. On each side of vehicle, raise stabilizer bar to stabilizer link and slide link ball joint stem through mounting hole in bar. Loosely install nut at this time.
    WARNING
    Because of stabilizer isolator outer shape, it is very important to install isolators in position discussed in following step.

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  3. Utilizing slit in isolator, install each stabilizer bar isolator on bar resting against locating collar as shown. Make sure slit in isolator is positioned toward rear of vehicle.
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  5. On each side of vehicle, install stabilizer bar isolator retainer halves around isolator.
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  7. On each side of vehicle, install bolts securing stabilizer bar isolator retainer halves to cradle. Tighten bolts to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm) torque.
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  9. On each side of vehicle, install stabilizer bar heat shield over stabilizer bar isolator retainer. Install mounting screws.
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  11. While holding stem from rotating at hex or flat tighten stabilizer link nuts at each end of stabilizer bar to 95 ft. lbs. (128 Nm) torque.
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  13. Install belly pan.
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  15. Lower vehicle.
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All Wheel Drive
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove belly pan.
  6.  
  7. On each side of vehicle, remove nut fastening stabilizer link to stabilizer bar. Slide link ball joint stem from bar.
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  9. On each side of vehicle, remove bolts fastening stabilizer bar isolator retainer in place.
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  11. Remove stabilizer bar with isolators and retainers from vehicle.
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  13. On each side of bar, remove retainers from around stabilizer bar isolators.
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  15. Utilizing slit, remove each isolator from stabilizer bar.
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To install:

  1. Utilizing slit in isolator, install each stabilizer bar isolator on bar. Make sure slit in isolator is positioned toward rear of vehicle once installed on vehicle.
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  3. Install stabilizer bar isolator retainer over each isolator.
    NOTE
    When attaching stabilizer link to stabilizer bar, make sure link ball joint stem is pointed inboard toward engine cradle.

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  5. Install stabilizer bar ends to each stabilizer link. Slide link ball joint stem through mounting hole in bar. Loosely install nuts at this time.
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  7. Raise stabilizer bar to engine cradle, placing bushings into mounted position.
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  9. Install bolts securing each stabilizer bar isolator retainer to cradle. Tighten bolts to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm) torque.
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  11. While holding stem from rotating at hex or flat tighten stabilizer link nuts at each end of stabilizer bar to 95 ft. lbs. (128 Nm) torque.
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  13. Install belly pan.
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  15. Lower vehicle.
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Stabilizer Links



Removal & Installation
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove wheel mounting nuts, then tire and wheel assembly.
  6.  
  7. Remove belly pan.

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    Fig. Tension strut (2), knuckle (1), attaching nut (3), lower control arm (4), stud nut (5)

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  9. Loosen nut attaching tension strut ball joint stud to knuckle. Back nut off until nut is even with end of stud. Keeping nut on at this location will help keep end of stud from distorting while using puller in next step.
    WARNING
    In following step, use care not to damage ball joint seal boot while sliding Puller, Special Tool 9360, into place past seal boot.



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    Fig. Using Puller (1), Special Tool 9360, separate tension strut ball joint stud (2) from knuckle

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  11. Using Puller, Special Tool 9360, separate tension strut ball joint stud from knuckle.
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  13. Remove nut from end of tension strut ball joint stud.
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  15. Rotate knuckle outward and push ball joint upward, out of knuckle.
    WARNING
    If the tension strut bolt at the engine cradle has a lengthwise grooved shaft (2), it is a special wheel alignment adjustment bolt and the bolt head (1) must not be rotated in the vehicle or damage to the bolt and engine cradle will result. While holding the bolt in place with a wrench, remove the nut, then slide the bolt out of the bushing and cradle taking note of bolt positioning in engine cradle for reassembly purposes. The bolt needs to be installed in the same position as removed to make sure wheel camber and caster return to adjusted position.



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    Fig. Tension strut bolt



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    Fig. Remove nut and bolt (2) securing tension strut (1) to engine cradle (3)

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  17. Remove nut and bolt securing tension strut to engine cradle.
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  19. Slide tension strut out of cradle bracket and remove from vehicle.
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To install:


NOTE
If installing a tension strut engine cradle bolt that is a wheel alignment adjustment bolt (lengthwise grooved shaft), make sure to install it in the same position which it was in upon removal.

  1. Slide bushing end of tension strut into cradle bracket.
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  3. Install mounting bolt from front through cradle and bushing.
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  5. Install nut, but do not tighten at this time.
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  7. Insert tension strut ball joint stud downward, into knuckle hole.
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  9. Completely install NEW nut on ball joint stud attaching tension strut to knuckle. Tighten nut by holding ball joint stud with a hex wrench while turning nut with a wrench. Tighten nut using crow foot wrench on torque wrench to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm) + 90° turn.
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  11. Install tire and wheel assembly. Tighten wheel mounting nuts to 110 ft. lbs. (150 Nm).
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  13. Lower vehicle.
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  15. Position vehicle on an alignment rack/drive-on lift.
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  17. Perform wheel alignment.
    WARNING
    If the tension strut engine cradle bolt is a wheel alignment adjustment bolt (lengthwise grooved shaft), be sure to only tighten the nut. Do not rotate the bolt head or damage to the bushing will occur.

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  19. Once alignment is found to be within specifications, using a crowfoot wrench, tighten tension strut cradle bolt nut to 130 ft. lbs. (176 Nm) torque while holding the bolt stationary.
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  21. Install belly pan.
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