Breeze, Cirrus, Sebring Convertible and Sedan, Stratus Sedan, 1999-2005

Lateral Link (Panhard Rod)

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Removal & Installation



2.0L & 2.5L Engines
Front Lateral Links

The rear suspension lateral links are only serviced as complete assemblies. The isolator bushings used in the lateral links are not serviced as separate components.


CAUTION
Do not attempt to straighten or repair a lateral link. Do not apply heat to the lateral link adjusting screws or to the jam nuts when loosening or adjusting the lateral links

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise vehicle on jackstands or centered on a frame contact type hoist.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Rear wheel and tire assembly from the side of the vehicle requiring lateral link removal
     
    Rear stabilizer bar attaching link from the forward lateral link
     
    Nut, bolt and washer attaching the forward lateral link to the knuckle
     
    Nut, bolt and washer, attaching the lateral link to the rear suspension crossmember
     
    Forward lateral link from the vehicle.
     

  6.  

To install:

  1. Install the lateral link and the attaching nut and bolt at rear suspension crossmember.
    1. The forward lateral link is to be installed with the cupped portion facing down and toward rear knuckle.
    2.  

  2.  
  3. Install the lateral link and attaching nut and bolt at rear knuckle and torque the bolts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm)
  4.  
  5. Install rear stabilizer bar attaching link, isolator bushings and attaching nut on forward lateral link and torque the nuts to 24 ft. lbs. (32 Nm)
  6.  
  7. Install wheel and tire assembly on vehicle and torque the nuts to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm)
  8.  
  9. Lower vehicle to the ground.
  10.  
  11. Check and reset rear wheel Camber and Toe to specifications if required.
  12.  

Rear Lateral Links
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise vehicle on jackstands or centered on a frame contact type hoist.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear wheel and tire assembly from the side of the vehicle requiring lateral link removal.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Nut, bolt and washer attaching the lateral link to the knuckle
     
    Nut attaching the lateral link to the rear suspension crossmember
     
    Rear lateral link from vehicle
     

  8.  

To install:

  1. Install the lateral link and the attaching nut and bolt at rear suspension crossmember
    1. The rear lateral link is to be installed with the adjusting screw toward rear knuckle, not rear suspension crossmember.
    2.  

  2.  
  3. Install the lateral link and the attaching bolt nut and washer at rear knuckle and torque the bolts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm)
  4.  
  5. Install wheel and tire assembly on vehicle and torque the wheel nuts to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm)
  6.  
  7. Lower vehicle to the ground.
  8.  
  9. Check and reset rear wheel camber and toe to specifications if required.
  10.  

 
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