Malibu 2001-2005

Suspension Support

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear wheels.
  6.  
  7. Remove the muffler.
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  9. Remove the lower control arms.
    NOTE
    When replacing complete module assembly, mark fastener location of axle bracket (LH/RH) to body rail.

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  11. Remove the upper control arm to support assembly bolts and nuts.
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  13. Remove the toe links.
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  15. Remove the stabilizer shaft to knuckle bolts.
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  17. Disconnect the vehicle wiring harness from the clips on the support assembly.
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  19. Using a suitable jack stand, support the support assembly.
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  21. Remove the support assembly to body bolts.
    NOTE
    Mark location of support assembly to body rails with a dab of paint.



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    Fig. Rear support assembly body bolts

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  23. With the aid of an assistant, remove the support assembly from the vehicle.
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  25. Remove the stabilizer shaft.
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To install:

  1. Install the stabilizer shaft.
  2.  
  3. With the aid of an assistant, position the support assembly to the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Using a suitable jack stand, support the support assembly.
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  7. Install the support assembly to body bolts. Tighten the bolts to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm) plus 30°.
  8.  
  9. Remove the jack stand.
  10.  
  11. Install the muffler.
  12.  
  13. Connect the vehicle wiring harness to the clips on the support assembly.
  14.  
  15. Install the stabilizer shaft to knuckle bolts and tighten to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Install the toe links.
  18.  
  19. Install the upper control arm to support assembly bolts and nuts.
  20.  
  21. Tighten the bolts and nuts to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm) plus an additional 60°.
  22.  
  23. Install the lower control arms.
  24.  
  25. Install the rear wheels.
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  27. Lower the vehicle.
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  29. Adjust the rear alignment.
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