Chrysler Caravan/Voyager/Town and Country 1996-1999

Sway Bar

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4



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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the front sway bar bushing retainer nuts



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Fig. Fig. 2: Removing a sway bar bushing retainer (note location of bushing)

  1. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle on jack stands or a frame contact hoist.
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  3. Remove the 10 mounting bolts securing the cradle plate to the front suspension cradle. Remove the cradle plate from the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the nuts connecting the sway bar connecting links to each end of the sway bar. Disconnect the links from the ends of the sway bar.
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  7. Remove the sway bar bushing retainers from the front suspension cradle and remove the sway bar and bushings as an assembly from the vehicle.
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  9. Inspect the bushings for wear. Replace as necessary. Center bushings are split, and are removed by opening the split and sliding from the sway bar.
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To install:


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Fig. Fig. 3: Sway bar bushing installation detail



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Fig. Fig. 4: The sway bar must be positioned properly before tightening the bushing retainers

  1. If required, install the new sway bar-to-crossmember bushings on the sway bar with the split in the replacement bushing positioned toward the rear of the vehicle, with the square corner of the bushing facing down toward the ground when installed.
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  3. Install the sway bar assembly onto the cradle. Be sure the sway bar bushings are aligned with the depressions in the suspension cradle.
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  5. Install the sway bar bushing retainers onto the cradle, aligning the raised bead of the retainer with the cutouts in the bushings. Install, but do NOT tighten the retainer mounting bolts at this time.
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  7. Check the position of the sway bar at this time and make sure the center curved section of the sway bar lines up with the center curved section of the suspension cradle.
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  9. Connect the sway bar links to each end of the sway bar and install the attaching nuts. Torque the sway bar link-to-sway bar attaching nuts to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm).
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  11. Torque the sway bar bushing retainer mounting bolts to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm).
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  13. Install the front suspension cradle plate to the front suspension cradle and install the mounting bolts. Torque the 10 cradle plate mounting bolts to 123 ft. lbs. (165 Nm).
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  15. Lower the vehicle.
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  17. Check the wheel alignment.
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