GM Prizm/Nova 1985-1993 Repair Guide

Stabilizer Bar (Sway Bar)

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1985-88 Nova

See Figure 1

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle
  2.  
  3. Remove the rear wheels.
  4.  
  5. Remove the nuts, retainers and cushions holding the sway bar links to the control arm.
  6.  
  7. Remove the bolts holding the stabilizer to the body.
  8.  
  9. Remove the bar with the links attached.
  10.  
  11. Remove and discard the bolts holding the links to the sway bar.
  12.  

To install:
  1. When reassembling, install new bolts to hold the links to the sway bar but do not tighten the bolts.
  2.  
  3. Place the bar in position and install but do not tighten the bolts holding the brackets to the body.
  4.  
  5. Connect the sway bar links to the control arms. Use new nuts and tighten them to 11 ft. lbs.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Note the position of bushings when reassembling the Nova rear stabilizer bar.

  1. Tighten the bracket bolts to 9 ft. lbs. and then tighten the bolts holding the sway bar to the links to 22 ft. lbs.
  2.  
  3. Install the rear wheels.
  4.  
  5. Lower the car to the ground.
  6.  

1989-90 Prizm

See Figure 1

  1. Using either a transmission jack or a floor jack with a broad piece of wood, support the fuel tank from below. Use care not to dent or deform the tank.
  2.  
  3. Remove the fuel tank retaining straps.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the stabilizer links from the strut assemblies.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the stabilizer bar bracket bolts.
  8.  
  9. Remove the bar.
  10.  

To install:
  1. Place the bar in position, attach the body retaining brackets and then connect the links to the strut on each side.
  2.  
  3. Tighten the body bracket bolts to 14 ft. lbs. and the link bolts (both ends) to 26 ft. lbs.
  4.  
  5. Reinstall the fuel tank straps and tighten the bolts to 29 ft. lbs.
  6.  
  7. Remove the tank support jack.
  8.  

1990-92

See Figure 1

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the stabilizer links from the strut assemblies.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the stabilizer bar from the bar links.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the stabilizer bar mounting bolts and remove the stabilizer bar from the vehicle.
  8.  

To install:
  1. Position the stabilizer bar to the vehicle and install the stabilizer bar mounting bolts.
  2.  
  3. Connect the stabilizer bar to the bar links.
  4.  
  5. Connect the stabilizer links to the strut assemblies.
  6.  
  7. Tighten the stabilizer bar mounting bolts to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Tighten the stabilizer bar to the bar link nuts to 26 ft lbs. (35 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Tighten the stabilizer link to the strut assembly nuts to 26 ft lbs. (35 Nm).
  12.  

1993

See Figure 1

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle and remove the rear wheels.
  2.  
  3. Remove the left and right stabilizer bar links.
  4.  
  5. Scribe matchmarks between the stabilizer bar bushings, stabilizer bar and body and remove the stabilizer bar bushings.
  6.  
  7. Remove the 2 bolts and disconnect the resonator/intermediate pipe assembly and gasket from the catalytic converter.
  8.  
  9. Remove the 2 bolts and disconnect the resonator/intermediate pipe assembly and gasket from the muffler/tailpipe assembly.
  10.  
  11. Remove the 4 bolts retaining the muffler/tailpipe assembly to the body.
  12.  
  13. Remove the muffler/tailpipe assembly from the hanger.
  14.  
  15. Remove the 3 bolts and disconnect the intermediate pipe heat shield.
  16.  
  17. Remove the right side fuel tank band.
  18.  
  19. Support the suspension crossmember with a jack and remove the 6 bolts attaching the crossmember to the body. Lower the suspension crossmember.
  20.  
  21. Remove the stabilizer bar.
  22.  

To install:
  1. Install the stabilizer bar.
  2.  
  3. Raise the suspension crossmember with the jack and install the 6 bolts attaching the crossmember to the body. Tighten the bolts to 43 ft. lbs. (58 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the right side fuel tank band.
  6.  
  7. Install the 3 bolts and connect the intermediate pipe heat shield.
  8.  
  9. Install the muffler/tailpipe assembly to the hanger and secure to the body with the 4 retaining bolts.
  10.  
  11. Install the 2 bolts and connect the resonator/intermediate pipe assembly and gasket to the muffler/tailpipe assembly.
  12.  
  13. Install the 2 bolts and connect the resonator/intermediate pipe assembly and gasket to the catalytic converter.
  14.  
  15. Install the stabilizer bar bushings to the stabilizer bar aligning the matchmarks.
  16.  
  17. Install the left and right stabilizer bar bushing retainers and tighten to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Install the left and right stabilizer bar links and tighten the stabilizer bar link to strut assembly bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (44 Nm) and the stabilizer bar link to stabilizer bar bolts to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
  20.  
  21. Install the rear wheels.
  22.  
  23. Lower the vehicle.
  24.  

 
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