Ford Mid-Size Cars 1971-1985 Repair Guide

Stabilizer Bar



See Figure 1

  1. Raise the front of the vehicle and support the frame using jackstands. Use a hydraulic jack under the control arms to compress the coil spring. Do not compress the spring too much or you will raise the vehicle off the jackstand.
  3. Remove the link nuts and disconnect the stabilizer bar from the links.
  5. Remove the retaining nuts from the pinch bolts at the spindles. Spread the slots in the spindles with a prytool to e the ball studs. Be careful not to damage the ball joint stud seal.
  7. Remove the stabilizer bar brackets from the frame and remove the stabilizer bar. If worn, cut the insulators from the stabilizer bar.
  9. Unfasten the retaining nuts from the studs at the end of the bar. Use removal tool 3290-D or equivalent to separate the links from the ends of the stabilizer bar.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Loosen and remove the retaining bolts securing the sway bar to the vehicle body

To install:
  1. Coat the necessary parts of the stabilizer bar with petroleum jelly. Slide new insulators onto the stabilizer bar.
  3. Install the ball joint links into the ends of the bar with the retaining nuts. Tighten to 30-40 ft. lbs. (40-55 Nm).
  5. Attach the ends of the stabilizer bar to the lower control arm with new nuts and links. Tighten the nuts to 9-15 ft. lbs. (12-20 Nm). Install the insulator brackets and tighten the bolts to 14-26 ft. lbs. (19-35 Nm).
  7. Position the bar under the vehicle and engage the upper ball joint links to the spindles. Install the insulator brackets with the retaining nuts. Tighten the pinch bolts and nuts at the spindles to 30-40 ft. lbs. (40-55 Nm) Tighten the bracket-to-frame nuts to 44-59 ft. lbs. (59-81 Nm).