Mazda Trucks 1994-1998 Repair Guide

Stabilizer Bar

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Navajo and B Series Pick-up Models

See Figure 1



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Fig. Fig. 1: Common rear stabilizer bar mounting-B Series Pick-up shown, other models are similar


WARNING
If equipped, always turn off the Automatic Ride Control (ARC) service switch before lifting the vehicle off of the ground. Failure to do so could damage the ARC system components. Refer to General Information & Maintenance for jacking procedures.

  1. As required, raise and support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the nuts, bolts and washers and disconnect the stabilizer bar from the links.
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  5. Remove the U-bolts and nuts from the mounting bracket and retainers. Remove the mounting brackets, retainers and stabilizer bars.
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To install:
  1. Position the U-bolts and mounting brackets on the axle with the brackets having the UP marking in the proper position.
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  3. Install the stabilizer bar and retainers on the mounting brackets with the retainers having the UP marking in the proper position.
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  5. Connect the stabilizer bar to the rear links. Install the nuts, bolts, and washers and tighten.
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  7. Tighten the mounting bracket U-bolt nuts to 30-42 ft. lbs.
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MPV Models

See Figures 2 through 7



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Fig. Fig. 2: Using a 12mm box wrench and a 12mm open end wrench as a backup wrench, loosen then remove the sway bar link locking nut



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Fig. Fig. 3: Holding the sway bar link bolt with a 12mm box wrench, remove the retaining nut



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Fig. Fig. 4: After removing the sway bar link retaining nut, remove the top bushing washer and rubber bushing



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Fig. Fig. 5: The sway bar link may be corroded to the metal sleeve. If this is so, secure the sleeve in a pair of locking pliers while using a box wrench to loosen the corrosion bond between the two components



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Fig. Fig. 6: Spray the sway bar link with a rust penetrating lubricant to aid in the removal of the sway bar link from the sleeve



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Fig. Fig. 7: Remove the sway bar bushing retainer mounting bolt

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the stabilizer bar links from both sides of the stabilizer bar.
  4.  
  5. Remove the stabilizer bar bracket and bushing from the axle and remove the stabilizer bar.
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To install:
  1. Install the bushing on the bar and install the bar finger-tight on the axle housing.
  2.  
  3. Install the stabilizer bar links to the frame brackets.
  4.  
  5. Lower the vehicle to the floor and tighten the stabilizer bar to axle bolts to 26-37 ft. lbs. (35-50 Nm).
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