GM Prizm/Nova 1985-1993 Repair Guide

Stabilizer Bar or Sway Bar

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Nova with VIN Code 5 Engine

See Figure 1

  1. Disconnect the sway bar links from the lower control arms.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Front stabilizer bar link and bushings

  1. Disconnect the sway bar brackets from the body.
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REPAIR GUIDE TIP:

Check the bushings inside the brackets for wear or deformation. A worn bushing can cause a distinct bang or thunk as the bar twists during cornering.

  1. Disconnect the exhaust pipe from the exhaust manifold.
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  3. Remove the sway bar from the car. Examine the insulators (bushings) carefully for any sign of wear and replace them if necessary.
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  5. To reinstall, place the bar in position and reconnect the exhaust system using new nuts. Tighten the nuts to 46 ft. lbs.
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  7. Install both stabilizer bar brackets and tighten the bolts to 14 ft. lbs.
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  9. Connect the sway bar links to the control arms with the bolts, insulators and new nuts. Tighten the nuts to 13 ft. lbs.
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1991-92 GSi Models

See Figure 2

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the left stabilizer link from the stabilizer bar.
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  5. Remove the right stabilizer link from the stabilizer bar.
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  7. Remove the catalytic converter from the front exhaust pipe.
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  9. Remove the right stabilizer bracket from the floor pan.
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  11. Remove the left stabilizer bracket from the floor pan.
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  13. Remove the stabilizer bar from the vehicle. Remove the bushing brackets and retainers from the stabilizer bar.
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To install:
  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Use the following torque specifications:
    1. Torque the bushing bracket retaining bolts to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
    2.  
    3. Torque the left and right stabilizer link nuts to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
    4.  
    5. Torque the left and right stabilizer bracket bolts to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
    6.  
    7. Torque the left and right stabilizer bracket nut and bolt to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm).
    8.  

  2.  
  3. To remove the stabilizer link, use the following procedure.
    1. With the vehicle still raise and safely supported, remove the stabilizer link from the stabilizer bar.
    2.  
    3. Remove the stabilizer link from the control arm.
    4.  
    5. Remove the stabilizer link from the vehicle.
    6.  

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  5. Torque the stabilizer link nuts to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
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Fig. Fig. 2: Front suspension - 1991-92 GSi models

 
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