GM Cavalier/Sunbird/Skyhawk/Firenza 1982-1994

Control Arm/Suspension Support

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Place jackstands under the suspension supports, then lower the vehicle slightly so the weight of the vehicle rests on the suspension supports, and not on the control arms.
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  3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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  5. Unfasten the nut attaching the stabilizer link to the stabilizer shaft, then unfasten the nuts attaching the stabilizer shaft clamps to the suspension support. Detach the stabilizer shaft from the control arm and/or support assembly.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Stabilizer shaft removal and installation - 1982-87 vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 2: View of the stabilizer shaft mounting - 1989 vehicles shown



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Fig. Fig. 3: Stabilizer shaft removal and installation - 1991-94 vehicles


WARNING
Be careful to avoid over-extending the axle shaft joints. When either end of the shaft is disconnected, over-extension of the joint could result in separation of internal components and possible joint failure. Failure to observe this can result in interior joint or boot damage and possible joint failure.

  1. Disconnect the ball joint from the steering knuckle using separator tool J-29330 or equivalent. For details, see the ball joint removal and installation procedure located in this section.
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  3. To remove the support assembly with the control arm attached, remove the bolts mounting the support assembly to the car. To remove the control arm only, remove the control arm to support assembly bolts.
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