Mitsubishi Outlander 2003-06

Stabilizer Bar (Sway Bar) & Links

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Removal & Installation




NOTE
Prior to removal of the stabilizer bar, center the front wheels and remove the ignition key. Failure to do so may damage the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) clock spring and render SRS system inoperative.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Disarm the air bag system. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the side undercover and the center undercover.
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  7. Be sure the front wheels in the straight ahead position. Remove the steering wheel cover, located underneath the steering wheel.
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  9. Remove the air bag module by sliding the clock spring connector and disconnecting it.
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  11. Remove the steering wheel, using the proper removal tool. Remove the sub harness.
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  13. Remove the steering column lower cover. Remove the clock spring and store it in a clean dry place.
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  15. Remove the center member. Disconnect the front exhaust pipe.
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  17. Disconnect the power steering hose clamps. Remove the roll stopper connecting bolt.
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  19. Remove the steering shaft cover. Remove the steering gear and joint connecting bolt.
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  21. Use a transaxle jack to hold the crossmember, and then remove the crossmember mounting nuts and bolts
    NOTE
    Lower the crossmember until the fixture, bushings, stabilizer links and stabilizer bar can be removed. Be careful not to lower the crossmember excessively, otherwise the power steering return hose bracket may deform.

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  23. Remove the stabilizer bar bracket retaining bolts. Remove the bushings.
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  25. Remove the stabilizer link locknut, rubber, link, rubber and bolt.
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  27. Remove the stabilizer bar from the vehicle.

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    Fig. Front stabilizer and related components

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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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  3. Align the stabilizer bar identification mark with the right end of the bushing.

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    Fig. Front stabilizer bushing identification

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  5. Torque all retaining bolts to specifications.
    NOTE
    Bolt torques are indicated in the accompanying illustration. Bolt torques indicated with an asterisk (*) should be temporarily tightened, and then fully tightened with the vehicle on the ground in the unladen condition.

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  7. Check the front end alignment.
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