Malibu 2001-2005

Stabilizer Bar (Sway Bar) & Links

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Removal & Installation



  1. Raise and support the vehicle, allowing the front suspension to hang free.
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  3. Remove the front tire and wheel assemblies.
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  5. Remove the stabilizer shaft links.

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    Fig. Remove the tie rods from the steering knuckles

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  7. Remove the tie rods from the steering knuckles.

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    Fig. Remove the bolt (1) from the rear transmission mount

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  9. Remove the bolt from the rear transmission mount.
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  11. Remove the power steering line bracket from the front suspension crossmember.

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    Fig. Remove the bolts (1) from the clamps (2) attaching the stabilizer shaft (3) to the front suspension crossmember 

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  13. Remove the bolts from the clamps attaching the stabilizer shaft (3) to the front suspension crossmember.
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  15. Support the rear of the front suspension crossmember with an adjustable jack stand.
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  17. Remove the control arm to body bolt.
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  19. Loosen the front bolts on the front suspension crossmember.
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  21. Lower the front suspension crossmember (4) three inches by adjusting the jack stands down.
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  23. Remove the stabilizer shaft from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Install the stabilizer shaft to the vehicle.
    NOTE
    Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread locking compound or sealant are identified in the service procedure. Do not use paints, lubricants, or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems.

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  3. Install the front suspension crossmember rear mounting bolts to the front suspension crossmember. Hand tighten the bolts.
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  5. Install the front suspension crossmember front mounting bolts (5) to the front suspension crossmember.
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  7. Tighten the front crossmember bolts to 180 ft. lbs. (245 Nm).
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  9. Tighten the control arm body bolts to 180 ft. lbs. (245 Nm).
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  11. Tighten the rear crossmember bolts to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm).
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  13. Install the clamps and the bolts to the stabilizer shaft, and tighten the bolts to 49 ft. lbs. (66 Nm).
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  15. Install the power steering line bracket to the front suspension crossmember.
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  17. Install the bolt to the rear transmission mount, and tighten the bolt to 89 ft. lbs. (120 Nm).
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  19. Install the tie rods to the steering knuckles.
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  21. Install the stabilizer shaft links.
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  23. Install the tire and wheel assemblies.
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  25. Lower the vehicle.
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  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front tires and wheels.

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    Fig. Disconnect the stabilizer links from the stabilizer shaft

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  5. Disconnect the stabilizer links from the stabilizer shaft.
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  7. Using a suitable jack stand, support the rear of the frame assembly.
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  9. Remove the frame support to body bolts.
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  11. Remove the rear frame assembly mounting bolts.
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  13. Lower the rear of the cradle in order to gain clearance to the stabilizer shaft.

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    Fig. Remove the stabilizer bar clamps and insulators

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  15. Remove the stabilizer bar clamps and insulators.
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  17. Remove the stabilizer shaft through the opening between the frame and body.
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To install:

  1. Position the stabilizer shaft to the frame.
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  3. Install the stabilizer bar clamps and insulators.
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  5. Raise the rear of the cradle.
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  7. Install the frame support brackets. Loosely install the bracket and frame to body bolts.
    NOTE
    The frame and frame support bolts require a minimum of 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).

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  9. Tighten the frame and bracket support bolts, and tighten the rear frame to body bolt to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
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  11. Tighten the frame support bracket to body bolt to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
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  13. Tighten all the bolts 90 degrees plus an additional 15 degrees.
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  15. Remove the jack stand.
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  17. Connect the stabilizer link to the stabilizer bar.
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  19. Lower the vehicle.
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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the front tires and wheels.

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    Fig. Disconnect the stabilizer links from the stabilizer shaft

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  7. Disconnect the stabilizer links from the stabilizer shaft.
  8.  
  9. Using a suitable jack stand, support the rear of the frame assembly.
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  11. Remove the frame support to body bolts.
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  13. Remove the rear frame assembly mounting bolts.
  14.  
  15. Lower the rear of the cradle in order to gain clearance to the stabilizer shaft.

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    Fig. Remove the stabilizer bar clamps and insulators

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  17. Remove the stabilizer bar clamps and insulators.
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  19. Remove the stabilizer shaft through the opening between the frame and body.
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To install:

  1. Position the stabilizer shaft to the frame.
  2.  
  3. Install the stabilizer bar clamps and insulators.
  4.  
  5. Raise the rear of the cradle.
  6.  
  7. Install the frame support brackets. Loosely install the bracket and frame to body bolts.
    NOTE
    The frame and frame support bolts require a minimum of 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).

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  9. Tighten the frame and bracket support bolts, and tighten the rear frame to body bolt to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
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  11. Tighten the frame support bracket to body bolt to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
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  13. Tighten all the bolts 90 degrees plus an additional 15 degrees.
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  15. Remove the jack stand.
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  17. Connect the stabilizer link to the stabilizer bar.
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  19. Lower the vehicle.
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