Pontiac Fiero 1984-1988 Repair Guide

Stabilizer Bar

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the stabilizer bar assembly components-1988 models



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Fig. Fig. 2 Exploded view of the stabilizer bar retainers and their locations-1984-87 models

Tape or mark the stabilizer bar on the right end prior to removal. This will ensure proper orientation of the part during installation.


CAUTION
Some brake pads contain asbestos, which has been determined to be a cancer causing agent. Never clean the brake surfaces with compressed air! Avoid inhaling any dust from any brake surface! When cleaning brake surfaces, use a commercially available brake cleaning fluid.

  1. Raise the vehicle and support safely with jackstands.
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  3. Remove both front wheel assemblies.
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  5. Remove both tie rods from the steering knuckle with a tie rod separator.
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  7. Remove both brake line clip-to-control arm attaching bolts.
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  9. Remove the left side caliper, rotor, and splash shield. Suspend the caliper by a wire from the frame or body so not to damage the brake hose.
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  11. Remove the two bolts at each stabilizer bar clamp and bushing.
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  13. Remove the bar from the underside of the vehicle by moving the bar to the left side of the vehicle until the right side clears the frame rail.
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To install:

  1. Install the stabilizer bar to the underside of the vehicle.
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  3. It is important on 1988 models that the slit in the stabilizer bushing must be installed toward the front of the vehicle. Refer to the 1988 Stabilizer illustration.
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  5. Install the clamps and bushings. Hand-tighten the bolt to hold in place.
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  7. Install the link assemblies from the stabilizer bar to the lower control arm. Torque the bolts to 12 ft. lbs. (17 Nm).
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  9. Torque the bushing clamps to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
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  11. Install the tie rod ends and torque the nuts to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm) + 1 / 2 turn (180°), plus a maximum of 1 / 6 turn to align the cotter pin. Install and bend over a new cotter pin.
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  13. Install the left caliper, rotor and splash shield. Reconnect the brake line clip attaching bolts.
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  15. Install the front wheel assemblies and torque the lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm). Lower the vehicle and check for proper operation.
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