Removal & Installation
Do not remove the strut rod nut while the strut assembly is installed in the vehicle, or before the coil spring is compressed with a compression tool. The spring is held under high pressure.
At no time when servicing a vehicle can a sheet metal screw, bolt, or other metal fastener be installed in the shock tower to take the place of an original plastic clip. It may come into contact with the strut or the coil spring.
Wheel bearing damage will result if, after loosening the axle hub nut, the vehicle is rolled on the ground or the weight of the vehicle is allowed to be supported by the tires for any length of time.
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove tire and wheel assemblies.
Remove the nut (2) securing the control link to the stabilizer bar (3), while holding the stabilizer bar link (1) lower stud stationary (wrench placed on machined flats on stud).
- Remove the nut (1) attaching the outer tie rod (5) to the knuckle (2). Hold the rod end stud stationary while loosening and removing the nut with a wrench. Do this on both sides of the vehicle.
Release each outer tie rod end (3) from the knuckle (1) using Remover (2), Special Tool 9360.
Remove the front engine mount thru-bolt (1).
- Remove the fore-aft crossmember front mounting bolt (2).
- Remove the 4 fore-aft crossmember rear mounting bolts (3, 4).
Remove the fore-aft crossmember (1).
Remove the screws and push-pins securing the heat shield (1) over the right side of the steering gear (2). Remove the heat shield.
- Remove the rear engine mount.
- Remove the screws securing the power steering pressure hose routing clamp(s) to the rear of the crossmember (4.0L engine only).
- Remove the screws (1) securing the stabilizer bushing retainers (2) to the crossmember.
- Remove the 2 stabilizer bushing retainers (2).
- Utilizing the slit cut into the cushions (bushings), remove the 2 cushions from the stabilizer bar.
Slowly rotate the stabilizer bar, as necessary, and remove it out through the driver side wheel opening.
Before installing the stabilizer bar, inspect the cushions and links for excessive wear, cracks, damage, and distortion. Replace any pieces failing inspection.
Before installing the stabilizer bar, make sure the bar is not upside-down. The stabilizer bar must be installed so that when in the mounted position, the ends of the bar curve under the steering gear tie rods, up to the links.
- Install the stabilizer bar through the driver side wheel opening. Rotate the bar, as necessary, until it is centered over the suspension crossmember and the ends curve upward below the steering gear tie rods.
- Install the 2 bushings on the stabilizer bar utilizing the slit cut into the bushing sides.
- Install the 2 stabilizer bushing retainers (2) over the bushings.
- Install the 4 screws (1) securing the stabilizer bushing retainers (2) to the crossmember. Tighten the screws to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
- Position the power steering pressure hose routing clamp(s) on the rear of the crossmember (4.0L engine only). Install and tighten the screw(s) to 71 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
- Install the rear engine mount.
- Position the heat shield (1) over the steering gear (2). Install the mounting screws and push-pins. Tighten the screws to 71 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
- Position the fore-aft crossmember in the engine compartment and install the mounting bolts. Tighten the forward mounting bolt to 83 ft. lbs. (113 Nm). Tighten the rearward mounting bolts at the suspension crossmember to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
- Install the front engine mount thru-bolt (1). Tighten the bolt to 42 ft. lbs. (57 Nm).
- On each side of vehicle, attach the outer tie rod to the knuckle. Start a NEW nut onto the outer tie rod stud. While holding the stud stationary, tighten the nut using a wrench. Using a crowfoot wrench on a torque wrench, tighten the nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm). Then, tighten the nut an additional 245° turn after the torque is met.
- Attach the stabilizer bar link (1) at each end of the stabilizer bar (3). At each link, install and tighten the nut (2) while holding the stabilizer bar link lower stud stationary. Tighten the nuts to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm).
- Install the tire and wheel assemblies and tighten the wheel mounting nuts, in proper sequence, to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
- Lower the vehicle.