ParkAvenue 1997-1999

Stabilizer Bar (Sway Bar) & Links

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Removal & Installation



  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Position a jackstand under the engine cradle and lower the vehicle so the weight of the vehicle rests on the jackstand and not the control arms. The control arms must hang free.
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  3. Remove the front wheel and tire assemblies.
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  5. Remove the left and right stabilizer link bolts.
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  7. If equipped, remove the left and right side stabilizer shaft mounting bolts and brackets.
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  9. Matchmark the tie rod position, then, using a suitable puller, disconnect the tie rod ends from the steering knuckles.
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Fig. Use a suitable puller to separate the tie rod ends from the steering knuckles

  1. Disconnect the exhaust pipe from the exhaust manifold and turn the passenger side strut assembly completely to the right.
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  3. Slide the stabilizer shaft over the steering knuckle, then pull down until the stabilizer bar clears the frame.
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  5. Remove the stabilizer shaft from the vehicle.
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Fig. Exploded view of the stabilizer shaft and related components

To install:

  1. Position the stabilizer shaft in the vehicle, over the steering knuckle. Raise the stabilizer bar over the frame and slide into position.
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Fig. Positioning the stabilizer shaft for installation

  1. Loosely install the stabilizer bar mount bushings/insulators, brackets and bolts.
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  3. Loosely install the stabilizer link/bushing components.
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  5. Install the tie rod ends to the steering knuckles.
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  7. Install the stabilizer shaft mounting bracket bolts and tighten as follows:
    1. 1986-92 vehicles: 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
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    3. 1993-99 vehicles: 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
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  9. Install the stabilizer link/bushing nut and tighten to 13 ft. lbs. (17 Nm).
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  11. Install the tie rod end-to-knuckle nuts and tighten to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm). Install a new cotter pin. The nuts can be tightened up to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm) for cotter pin alignment. Never loosen the nut to insert the cotter pin.
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  13. Connect the exhaust pipe to the exhaust manifold and tighten the bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
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  15. Install the tire and wheel assemblies.
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  17. Raise the vehicle and remove the jackstands.
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  19. Carefully lower the vehicle, then tighten the wheel lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm).
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