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    Ford Thunderbird/Cougar 1983-1997 Repair Guide

    Stabilizer Bar

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    REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



    1983-88 Vehicles
    1. Raise and safely support the front end of the vehicle with jackstands.
    2.  
    3. Disconnect the stabilizer bar from each stabilizer link and both stabilizer insulator attaching clamps. Remove the stabilizer bar assembly.
    4.  
    5. Remove the adapter brackets from the clamps.
    6.  
    7. Cut the worn insulators form the stabilizer bar.
    8.  

    To install:
    1. Coat the necessary parts of the stabilizer bar and the inside diameter of the stabilizer bar insulator with Rubber Lubricant E25Y-19553-A or equivalent and slide the insulators onto the stabilizer bar.
    2.  
    3. Install the adapter brackets on the clamps.
    4.  
    5. Using a new nut and bolt, secure each end of the stabilizer bar to the lower suspension arm. Tighten the nuts to 6-12 ft. lbs. (8-16 Nm).
    6.  
    7. Using new bolts, clamp the stabilizer bar to the attaching brackets on the side rail. Tighten the retaining bolts to 37-50 ft. lbs. (50-68 Nm).
    8.  
    9. Carefully lower the vehicle.
    10.  

    1989-93 Vehicles
    1. Remove the air inlet tube.
    2.  
    3. Remove the stabilizer bar retaining bracket bolts and retaining brackets.
    4.  
    5. Remove the serpentine drive belt.
    6.  
    7. Raise and safely support vehicle on jackstands.
    8.  
    9. Remove the front tire and wheel assemblies.
    10.  
    11. Remove the crankshaft vibration damper pulley.
    12.  
    13. Remove the cotter pins and castellated nuts from the outer tie rod ends. Separate the tie rod ends from the spindle using a tie rod end removal tool.
    14.  
    15. Remove transmission oil cooler line bracket.
    16.  
    17. Remove the stabilizer bar retaining nuts from the lower link.
    18.  
    19. Remove the bar link from the stabilizer bar using joint separator D88L-3006-A or equivalent.
    20.  


    CAUTION
    Use extreme care when separating the link from the sway bar as not to damage the ball joint seal. If seal becomes damaged, the link assembly must be replaced

    1. Remove the stabilizer bar from the vehicle, through the right wheel opening and remove bushings from bar.
    2.  

    To install:
    1. Install the bushings onto the stabilizer bar and position bar into vehicle through the right side wheel opening.
    2.  
    3. Attach the stabilizer links to the bar and tighten the retaining nuts to 40-55 ft. lbs. (54-74 Nm).
    4.  
    5. Install the transmission oil cooler line bracket.
    6.  
    7. Install the tie rod ends to the spindles. Tighten the nuts to 35-53 ft. lbs. (47-72 Nm) and install new cotter pins.
    8.  
    9. Install the crankshaft damper.
    10.  
    11. Install front tires and wheels and lower vehicle off the jackstands.
    12.  
    13. Install the stabilizer bar brackets and retaining nuts, tighten to 40-55 ft. lbs. (54-74 Nm).
    14.  
    15. Install the serpentine belt and air inlet tube.
    16.  

    1994-96 Vehicles

    See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

    MOUNTING BRACKET INSULATOR
    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    2.  
    3. For 1995-96 vehicles, remove the front subframe, as follows:
      1. Install Engine Lifting Brackets D91P-6001-A or equivalent.
      2.  
      3. Install Three Bar Engine Support D88L-6000-A or equivalent to the engine lifting brackets.
      4.  
      5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
      6.  
      7. Remove the front engine support insulator through bolts.
      8.  

    4.  


    WARNING
    Raise the engine carefully so as not to damage the lines and hoses at the rear of the engine.

      1. Raise the engine and support it with Three Bar Engine Support D88L-6000-A, or equivalent.
      2.  
      3. Remove the front wheel and tire assemblies.
      4.  
      5. Remove the tie rod end from the front wheel spindles.
      6.  
      7. Remove the stabilizer bar link from the front wheel spindles.
      8.  
      9. Remove the lower front shock absorber retaining bolts.
      10.  
      11. Remove the front suspension lower arm strut from the front suspension lower arms.
      12.  
      13. Remove the front suspension the front suspension lower arm inner pivot-to-front subframe retainer bolts.
      14.  
      15. Remove the steering coupling pinch bolt and disconnect the steering coupling.
      16.  
      17. Drain the power steering fluid into a suitable container.
      18.  
      19. Disconnect and cap the power steering return line and pressure hoses.
      20.  
      21. Remove the power steering oil cooler from the body side rail.
      22.  
      23. Remove the wire harnesses and/or the wire harness clips from the front subframe.
      24.  
      25. Safely support the front subframe with adjustable jacks at the four points.
      26.  
      27. Remove the 8 front subframe-to-body retaining bolts.
      28.  
      29. With the help of an assistant, carefully lower the adjustable jacks and allow the front subframe to lower.
      30.  
      31. If replacing the subframe, place the subframe on the floor or a bench and transfer the power steering rack, front suspension lower arm struts, front suspension lower arms and the front stabilizer bar to the new subframe. Also, transfer the reinforcement rod and tighten to 72-97 ft. lbs. (97-132) to the new subframe.
      32.  

    1. Remove the air cleaner outlet tube.
    2.  
    3. Remove the stabilizer bar bracket bolts and the stabilizer bar brackets.
    4.  
    5. Remove the drive belt.
    6.  
    7. If not already done, raise and safely support the vehicle, then remove the front wheel and tire assemblies.
    8.  
    9. Remove the crankshaft vibration damper.
    10.  
    11. If not already done, remove the cotter pins and castellated nuts from the tie rod ends. Discard the cotter pins. Separate the tie rod ends from the front wheel spindles using Tie Rod End Puller TOOL-3290-D or equivalent.
    12.  



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    Fig. Fig. 1: Use the special tool to detach the tie rod ends from the spindles

    1. Remove the transmission oil cooler line clip.
    2.  


    WARNING
    Be very careful not to damage the ball joint seal. If the seal is damaged, replace the stabilizer link kit assembly.

    1. Remove the front stabilizer bar-to-lower stabilizer bar retaining nuts.
    2.  
    3. Remove the stabilizer bar link from the front stabilizer bar using Ball Joint Remover D88L-3006-A or equivalent.
    4.  



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    Fig. Fig. 2: Unfasten the stabilizer bar link from the bar using a ball joint removal tool



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    Fig. Fig. 3: Exploded view of the stabilizer bar and related components-1996 vehicle shown

    1. Remove the front stabilizer bar through the right wheel opening.
    2.  
    3. Remove the lower control arm stabilizer bar insulators from the front stabilizer bar.
    4.  

    To install:
    1. Install the lower control arm stabilizer bar insulators onto the front stabilizer bar.
    2.  
    3. Position the front stabilizer bar into the vehicle.
    4.  
    5. Attach the stabilizer bar link to the front stabilizer bar. Tighten the retaining nuts to 29-39 ft. lbs. (40-55 Nm).
    6.  
    7. Install the stabilizer bar brackets and retaining bolts. Tighten to 39-53 ft. lbs. (53-72 Nm).
    8.  
    9. Install the transmission oil cooler line clip.
    10.  
    11. For 1994 vehicles, attach the tie rod ends to the front wheel spindles. Tighten the nuts to 39-53 ft. lbs. (53-73 Nm). Install new cotter pins.
    12.  
    13. Install the crankshaft vibration damper.
    14.  
    15. For 1994 vehicles, install the front wheel and tire assemblies. Tighten the lug nuts to 85-105 ft. lbs. (115-142 Nm).
    16.  
    17. For 1994 vehicles, carefully lower the vehicle.
    18.  
    19. Install the serpentine drive belt.
    20.  
    21. Install the air cleaner outlet tube.
    22.  
    23. If removed, install the front subframe, as follows:
      1. With the help of an assistant, position the front subframe to the body and hand start the 8 retaining bolts into the mating body cage nuts.
      2.  

    24.  

    Do not tighten the front subframe-to-body bolts at this time as the subframe must be aligned to the body before tightening the retainers.

      1. Using an adjustable jack, carefully raise the subframe into contact with the bottom of the body side rails.
      2.  
      3. Install a 3 / 4 in. (19mm) outside diameter pipe into body front left and right front subframe and body alignment holes. Tighten one bolt at each corner.
      4.  
      5. Remove the alignment tools, then tighten the 8 bolts to 72-97 ft. lbs. (97-132 Nm).
      6.  
      7. Install the wire harness clips and/or harnesses to the front subframe.
      8.  
      9. Install the power steering oil cooler on the body side rail. Uncap and connect the power steering pressure hose and return line hoses.
      10.  
      11. Connect the steering coupling and install the pinchbolt. Tighten the bolt to 21-30 ft. lbs. (28-40 Nm).
      12.  
      13. Attach the stabilizer bar links to the spindles and tighten to 41-55 ft. lbs. (55-75 Nm).
      14.  
      15. Install the tie rod end to the to the wheel spindles and tighten to 39-54 ft. lbs. (53-73 Nm).
      16.  
      17. Install the front suspension lower arm pivots onto the subframe. Tighten to 92-125 ft. lbs. (125-170 Nm).
      18.  
      19. Install the front suspension lower arm struts onto the left and right side front suspension lower arms and tighten to 89-118 ft. lbs. (120-160 Nm).
      20.  
      21. Connect the front shock absorber of the right and left front suspension lower arm and tighten to 103-144 ft. lbs. (140-195 Nm).
      22.  
      23. Install the tire and wheel assemblies.
      24.  
      25. Carefully lower the vehicle partway.
      26.  


    The left side front engine support insulator (with locating pin) must seat first.

      1. Lower the engine onto the front engine support insulators, then raise and safely support the vehicle.
      2.  
      3. Install the front engine support insulator through bolts. On 3.8L engines, tighten to 35-50 ft. lbs. (47-68 Nm). On 4.6L engines, tighten the bolts to 35-46 ft. lbs. (47-63 Nm).
      4.  
      5. Carefully lower the vehicle, then remove the engine support and lifting bracket.
      6.  
      7. Check and fill the power steering fluid. Bleed the power steering system, as outlined in this section.
      8.  

    1. Connect the negative battery cable. Have the front end alignment checked at a reputable repair shop.
    2.  

    BAR LINK ASSEMBLY
    1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    2.  
    3. Remove the nuts from the stabilizer bar link.
    4.  


    WARNING
    Be very careful not to damage the ball joint seal. If the seal is damaged, replace the stabilizer link kit assembly.

    1. Separate the link studs from the front steering knuckle/spindle and front stabilizer bar using Ball Joint Remover D88L-3006-A or equivalent.
    2.  



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    Fig. Fig. 4: Using the ball joint remover to separate the link studs from the steering knuckle

    To install:
    1. Install the stabilizer bar link to the front wheel spindle/knuckle and front stabilizer bar. Tighten the retaining nuts to 29-39 ft. lbs. (40-55 Nm).
    2.  
    3. Carefully lower the vehicle.
    4.  

     
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