Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Raise and support the vehicle.
- Remove the tires and wheels.
Disconnect the heated oxygen sensor (HO
S) electrical connector.
NOTEThe HO 2 S uses a permanently attached pigtail and connector. This pigtail should not be removed from the sensor. Damage or removal of the pigtail or connector will affect proper operation of the sensor.
- Remove the HO 2 S.
- Remove the catalytic converter to muffler nuts.
- Have an assistant support the muffler assembly.
- Separate the muffler insulators from the hangers.
- With the aid of an assistant, remove the muffler assembly.
- Remove the stabilizer shaft link mounting nuts.
- Remove the stabilizer shaft links.
- Remove the stabilizer shaft mounting bracket bolts.
- Remove the stabilizer shaft mounting brackets.
- Remove the stabilizer shaft.
- Installation is the reverse of removal procedure.
Please take note of the following tightening specifications:
WARNINGThe oxygen sensor uses a permanently attached pigtail and connector. Do not remove the pigtail from the oxygen sensor. Damage to or removal of the pigtail connector could affect proper operation of the oxygen sensor.
WARNINGThe use of excessive force may damage the threads in the exhaust manifold/pipe.
NOTEThe in-line connector and louvered end must be kept clear of grease, dirt or other contaminants. Avoid using cleaning solvents of any type. DO NOT drop or roughly handle the heated oxygen sensor (HO 2 S).
NOTEThe HO 2 S may be difficult to remove when the engine temperature is less than 48°C (120°F).
NOTEA special anti-seize compound is used on the HO 2 S threads. The compound consists of a liquid graphite and glass beads. The graphite will burn away, but the glass beads will remain, making the sensor easier to remove. New or service sensors will have the compound applied to the threads. If a sensor is removed and is to be reinstalled, the threads must have an anti-seize compound applied before installation.
Mounting bracket bolts: 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).