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

Stabilizer Bar

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 6

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the stabilizer bar assembly-Achieva shown



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Fig. Fig. 2: Under-vehicle fasteners are prone to corrosion; use penetrating oil to ease removal

  1. Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it safely with jackstands.
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  3. Remove the fasteners that secure the bar to the ends of the axle.
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  5. Remove the hardware and fasteners that attach the stabilizer bar to the beam portion of the rear axle.
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The rear wheels should not be touching the ground when removing the stabilizer bar. If one side of the vehicle is on jackstands, the spring tension of the stabilizer bar will make removal difficult.



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Fig. Fig. 3: Use a 13mm wrench and socket to loosen and remove the outer bracket bolts



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Fig. Fig. 4: Once the outer brackets are removed, disconnect the hardware holding the bar to the beam portion of the axle



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Fig. Fig. 5: Carefully lower the stabilizer bar



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Fig. Fig. 6: Inspect the bushings on each end of the bar

To install:
  1. Position the stabilizer bar onto the axle, and attach the stabilizer bar to the beam portion of the rear axle with the necessary hardware. Tighten the fasteners to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
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  3. Secure the ends of the stabilizer bar to the axle. Make sure the bushings are positioned properly. Tighten the fasteners to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
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  5. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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