Lexus RX400h, Hybrid 3 2006

Stabilizer Bar (Sway Bar) & Links

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Removal & Installation



  1. Make sure the vehicle-s front wheels are in the straight-ahead position.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  7. Remove the remove front wheel and tire assemblies.
  8.  
  9. Remove the engine under cover.
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  11. Separate the steering intermediate shaft subassembly.
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  13. Separate the tie rod.
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  15. Remove the 2 nuts, then remove the front left stabilizer link assembly:
    NOTE
    If the ball joint turns together with the nut, use a hexagon wrench (6 mm) to hold the stud.

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  17. Remove the 2 nuts, then remove the front right stabilizer link assembly:
    NOTE
    If the ball joint turns together with the nut, use a hexagon wrench (6 mm) to hold the stud.

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  19. Remove the 2 bolts, then remove the left stabilizer bracket no. 1 from the front frame assembly.
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  21. Remove the 2 bolts, then remove the right stabilizer bracket no. 1 from the front frame assembly.
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  23. Remove the left and right no. 2 stabilizer brackets from the bushings.
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  25. Remove the 2 stabilizer bar bushings no.1 from the stabilizer bar.
  26.  
  27. Remove the front no.3 exhaust pipe subassembly
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  29. Remove the front exhaust pipe/
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  31. Remove the bolt, nut and the manifold stay.
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  33. Remove the power steering link.
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  35. Remove the front stabilizer bar from the right side of the vehicle.
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  37. Inspect the turning of the stabilizer link ball joint:
    1. secure the front stabilizer link assembly in a vise using aluminum plates.
    2.  
    3. Install the nut to the front stabilizer link assembly stud.
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    5. If using a torque wrench, turn the nut continuously at a rate of 3 to 5 seconds per turn and take the torque reading on the 5th turn. The turning torque should be 18 inch lbs. (2.0 Nm) or less.
      NOTE
      If the turning torque is not within the specified range, replace the front stabilizer link assembly with a new one.

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  39. Inspect the dust cover:
    1. Check that the dust cover is not cracked and that there is no grease on it.
    2.  

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To install:

  1. Install the front stabilizer bar by inserting it from the right side of the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Install the power steering link.
  4.  
  5. Install the manifold stay with the bolt and nut. Tighten to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm).
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  7. Install the front exhaust pipe.
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  9. Install the front no.3 exhaust pipe subassembly.
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  11. Install the 2 front stabilizer bar bushings no.1 to the outer side of the bushing stopper on the front stabilizer bar.
    NOTE
    Place the cutout of the front stabilizer bar bushing no.1 as facing the rear side as shown in the illustration.



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    Fig. Place the cutout of the front stabilizer bar bushing no.1 as facing the rear side as shown

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  13. Install the right and left no.2 stabilizer brackets to the stabilizer bushings.
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  15. Install the right and left no.1 stabilizer bracket to the front frame assembly with the bolts. Tighten to 12 ft. lbs. (16 Nm).
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  17. Install the right and left stabilizer link assemblies with the nuts and tighten to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
    NOTE
    If the ball joint turns together with the nut, use a hexagon (6 mm) wrench to hold the stud.

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  19. Connect the tie rod.
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  21. Connect steering intermediate shaft subassembly.
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  23. Make sure the front wheels are facing straight-ahead.
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  25. Install the engine under cover.
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  27. Install the front wheels.
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  29. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  31. If necessary, perform the initialization procedure, as outlined in the Chassis Electrical System.
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  33. Initialize the rotation angle sensor and calibrate torque sensor zero point.
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  35. Inspect and adjust the front wheel alignment.
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