S10 Pickup, Sonoma 2000-2004

Torsion Bar


Removal & Installation

The following procedure requires the use of the Torsion Bar Unloader tool J-36202.

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:
    Note the direction of the forward end and side of the torsion bar being removed

    Transmission shield, if equipped
    Torsion bar unloader tool to relax the tension on the torsion bar adjusting arm screw; record the number of turns necessary to properly install the tool. Remove the adjusting screw and the unloader tool.
    Lower link mount nut from one side
    Torsion bars by disengaging them

    Lower link nut from the opposite side
    Lower link mount, upper link mount nut
    Upper link mount
    Torsion bar from the frame


To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Torsion bar and support
    Upper link mount. Torque the nut to 48 ft. lbs. (68 Nm).

  3. Place a jack under the torsion bar to release tension.
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Lower link mount bushing and nut. Torque the nut to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
    Torsion bar unloader tool. Tighten the tool against the adjusting arm the same number turns recorded earlier and remove the tool. This loads the torsion bars.
    Transmission shield, if removed