GM Grand Am/Achieva/Calais/Skylark/Somerset 1985-98

Stabilizer Shaft and Bushings

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle with jackstands, allowing the front suspension to hang freely.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front tire and wheel assemblies.
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  5. Unfasten the nuts attaching the stabilizer shafts to the links.
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  7. Disconnect the clamps securing the stabilizer shaft to the suspension support assemblies.
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  9. Loosen the front bolts and remove the rear and center bolts from the support assemblies to lower them enough to remove the stabilizer shaft.
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  11. Remove the stabilizer shaft and bushings/insulators.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Stabilizer shaft and related components-1989 vehicle shown (later models similar)

To install:
  1. Install the stabilizer shaft with bushings and insulators.
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  3. Secure the clamps attaching the stabilizer shaft to the suspension support assemblies and hand-tighten.
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  5. Move the suspension support assemblies into position, then install and hand-tighten the retaining bolts.
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  7. Install the nuts attaching the stabilizer shaft to the links. Tighten to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
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  9. Tighten the suspension support bolts, center first, front second, and rear third, to the following specifications:

    Center bolts first, to 66 ft. lbs. (90 Nm) for vehicles through 1994 and to 89 ft. lbs. (120 Nm) for 1995-98 vehicles
     
    Front bolts second, to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm) for vehicles through 1994 and to 89 ft. lbs. (120 Nm) for 1995-98 vehicles
     
    Rear bolts third, to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm) for vehicles through 1994 and to 89 ft. lbs. (120 Nm) for 1995-98 vehicles
     

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  11. Tighten the stabilizer shaft-to-support assembly nuts and stabilizer shaft-to-control arm nuts to 16-22 ft. lbs. (22-30 Nm)
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  13. Tighten the clamp nuts to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
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  15. Install the wheel and tire assemblies.
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  17. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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