GM Cavalier/Sunfire 1995-2000 Repair Guide

Stabilizer Bar

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2



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Fig. Fig. 1: The stabilizer bar link is mounted to the lower control arm



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Fig. Fig. 2: The stabilizer bar-to-subframe mounting

The stabilizer bar attaches to the front suspension support (subframe) and through a bolt and link, connects the lower control arms.

  1. Raise and safely support vehicle and allow vehicle suspension to hang free.
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  3. Remove the front tire and wheel assemblies.
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  5. Remove the nuts attaching stabilizer bar to stabilizer links.
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  7. Remove the clamps attaching stabilizer bar to the subframe.
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  9. Support the rear of the subframe with adjustable safety stands.
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  11. Remove the rear and center bolts from subframe assembly and loosen the front bolts.
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  13. Lower the subframe 3 inches by adjusting the safety stands down.
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  15. Remove the stabilizer bar with insulators.
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To install:
  1. Place stabilizer bar with insulators into vehicle and hand-tighten.
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  3. Install the clamps attaching stabilizer bar to subframe assemblies and hand-tighten.
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  5. Install the subframe assemblies into position and install bolts (hand-tighten).
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  7. Tighten subframe bolts left rear outboard first, right rear outboard second, front upper third and rear inboard last.
    1. Tighten the left rear outboard to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm).
    2.  
    3. Tighten the right rear outboard to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm).
    4.  
    5. Tighten the front upper bolts to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm).
    6.  
    7. Tighten the rear inboard bolts to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm).
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  9. Tighten the stabilizer-to-subframe clamp bolts to subframe to 49 ft. lbs. (66 Nm).
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  11. Tighten the stabilizer bar links to control arm nuts. Tighten the nuts to 13 ft. lbs. (17 Nm).
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  13. Install the tire and wheel assemblies.
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  15. Lower the vehicle.
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  17. Check wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.
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