Volvo Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1970-1989 Repair Guide

Sway Bar


The sway bar, variously called the anti-roll bar or stabilizer bar, serves to control the sideways roll of the body during cornering. While the bar itself rarely fails, the links and bushings around it are prone to wear. If the bar is not rigidly mounted to the car, it cannot do its job properly.


All 200 and 700 Series

This procedure applies only to those 200 and 700 series vehicles equipped with Volvo sway bars.

See Figure 1

  1. Safely jack and support the rear of the vehicle. Place the stands at the rear jacking points. While not absolutely necessary, the job may be easier if the wheels are removed.
  3. Use a floor jack to raise the rear axle just enough to unload the lower shock absorber mount. Remove the lower shock retaining bolt.

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Fig. Fig. 1: The rear sway bar mounting bolts are indicated by the arrows-note the use of the Volvo rear axle cradle shown in this drawing

  1. Remove the nut holding the sway bar to the bracket.
  3. On the other side of the car, remove the shock retaining bolt and the nut holding the sway bar to the bracket.

To install:
  1. Install both the bracket nut and the lower shock retaining bolt hand-tight on one side. Then install the nut and bolt hand-tight on the other side.
  3. Once all four mounting points are snug, tighten the bracket nuts to 35 ft.lbs and the shock absorber bolts to 63 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).
  5. Remove the jack from the axle. Install the wheels if removed and lower the car to the ground. Tighten the wheel lugs for the 200 series to 85-90 ft. lbs. (115-122 Nm), or for the 700 series, tighten them to 63 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).