Pickup 1997

Stabilizer Bar (Sway Bar) & Links

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    NOTE
    If working near and/or around the SRS system and components, be sure to disable the SRS system. After disabling the system wait three minutes or more before servicing the vehicle. Disconnect the air bag module connector.



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    Fig. Air bag module connector location

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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  7. If the compression rod installation is correct, the white painted marks on the stabilizer bar, at the bushings, should be visible.

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    Fig. Compression rod attachment points-4WD



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    Fig. View of the compression rod with bushings installed in the vehicle-4WD



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    Fig. Removing the stabilizer bar bushing bracket



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    Fig. Removing the stabilizer bar bushing-note position of bushing upon installation

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  9. The compression rod and stabilizer bar can be unbolted and removed with the vehicle supported on jackstands.

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    Fig. Front stabilizer bar and related components-2WD



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    Fig. Front stabilizer bar and related components-4WD

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To install:


NOTE
Be sure to use new fasteners, as required.

  1. To install, simply position the component and tighten the nuts and bolts. Tighten the stabilizer bar through-bolt and the bar bushing clamp bolts to specification.
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  3. Tighten the compression rod-to-lower link bolts to specification; and the compression rod-to-frame anchor nut to specification.
    NOTE
    Replace the bushings whenever the parts are changed. Replace any bushing that appears dry, cracked or compressed.

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  5. Check the stabilizer bar with the vehicle on its wheels to see if both white painted marks on the stabilizer bar are visible at the bushings.
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  7. Using the CONSULT-III diagnostic tool, or equivalent, perform the SRS self diagnostic test and any reconnect/relearn procedures, as required.
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