See Figures 1 and 2
The sway bar connects the control arms together and attaches to the front crossmember of the vehicle, in this way a bump, jounce or rebound affecting one wheel is partially transmitted to the other wheel to help stabilize body roll. The sway bar is attached to the control arms and crossmember by rubber-isolated bushings. All part are serviceable.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Raise and support the front of the vehicle on jackstands.
- Remove the nuts, bolts and retainers connecting the sway bar to the control arms.
- Remove the bolts that mount the sway bar to the crossmember. Remove the sway bar and crossmember mounting clamps from the vehicle.
- Inspect the bushings for wear. Replace as necessary. End bushings are replaced by cutting or driving them from the retainer. Center bushings are split and are removed by opening the split and sliding from the sway bar.
- Force the new end bushings into the retainers, allowing about 1 / 2 in. (13mm) to protrude.
- Install the sway bar.
- Tighten the center bracket bolts to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm) on 1984-89 models, or to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm) on 1990-95 models.
- Place a jack under the control arm and raise the arm to normal ride height.
- Tighten the outer bracket bolts to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm) on 1984-89 models or to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm) on 1990-95 models.
- Lower the vehicle.