MonteCarlo 2000

Stabilizer Bar (Sway Bar) & Links

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Description



Specific to:

Buick Century 1997-2000

Buick Regal 1997-2000

Chevrolet Lumina 1997-2000

Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1997-2000

Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 1997

Oldsmobile Intrigue 1998-2000

Pontiac Grand Prix 1997-2000

The front stabilizer shaft (sometimes called a sway bar) is mounted to the top rear of the frame and to the lower control arm. The shaft is attached to the frame with clamps and rubber insulators and to the control arms with insulator links.

Removal & Installation



Specific to:

Buick Century 1997-2000

Buick Regal 1997-2000

Chevrolet Lumina 1997-2000

Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1997-2000

Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 1997

Oldsmobile Intrigue 1998-2000

Pontiac Grand Prix 1997-2000

Because the front stabilizer shaft is mounted to the powertrain subframe, the subframe (with the powertrain) must be lowered to service the stabilizer bar. This is a lengthy and exacting procedure requiring special lifting and jacking equipment. In addition, the rack and pinion steering assembly stub shaft must be disconnected from the steering column. GM specifies that the subframe-to-body bolts, once disturbed, must be replaced with new service replacement parts. Procure the necessary hardware before beginning this procedure. This is not a job for the inexperienced or ill-equipped.

  1. Center the front wheels to the straight ahead position and lock the steering column. This is important because it protects the steering wheel airbag coil from damage.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the front wheel and tire assemblies.
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  7. Locate the steering shaft dust seal and move it back to gain access to the pinch bolt that joins the steering column intermediate shaft to the rack and pinion input shaft (stub shaft).
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CAUTION
Failure to disconnect the intermediate shaft from the rack and pinion stub shaft can result in damage to the rack and pinion steering gear assembly and/or the steering intermediate shaft. The damage can cause loss of steering control which could result in personal injury.

  1. Remove the pinch bolt from the lower intermediate steering shaft, noting the following:
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Fig. Remove the pinchbolt and separate the lower intermediate shaft from the rack and pinion stub shaft

  1. The wheels of the vehicle must be in the straight ahead position and the steering column in the LOCK position before disconnecting the steering column or the intermediate shaft from the rack and pinion steering gear.
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  3. Failure to do this will cause the SIR (airbag) coil, which feeds power to the steering wheel airbag module, to become uncentered, which will cause damage to the airbag coil.
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  1. Loosen the stabilizer shaft insulator clamp attaching nuts and bolts.
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  3. Place an adjustable safety stand or hydraulic jack under the center of the rear subframe crossmember.
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  5. Locate the large subframe-t