Friday, May 25, 2012

2001 Pontiac Grand Prix: Replace Sway Bars?

The Sway bar front and Sway bar rear removal and installation procedure with details and diagrams at your service is mentioned below:-----

Go through the Procedure to make your parts removal easy and simple.


Front Removal Procedure

Caution: Failure to disconnect intermediate shaft from rack and pinion stub shaft can result in damage to steering gear and/or intermediate shaft. This damage can cause loss of steering control which could result in personal injury.

sway bar


1. Raise and suitably support the vehicle.
2. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
3. Move the steering shaft dust seal in order to gain access to the pinch bolt.
4. Remove the pinch bolt from the lower intermediate steering shaft.
5. Loosen all insulator clamp attaching bolts.
6. Place a jackstand under the center of the rear frame crossmember.
7. Loosen the front frame-to-body bolts.
8. Remove the rear frame-to-body bolts.
9. Lower the rear of the frame just enough to gain access to the stabilizer shaft.
10. Remove the bolts and the clamps from the frame.

rear crossmember

11. Remove the insulators from the stabilizer bar.

stabilizer bar

12. Remove the stabilizer bar links from the control arms.
13. Pull the stabilizer shaft rearward.
14. Swing the stabilizer shaft down to remove the stabilizer shaft from the left side of the vehicle.

Installation Procedure

Caution: When installing the intermediate shaft make sure that the shaft is seated prior to pinch bolt installation. If the pinch bolt is inserted into the coupling before shaft installation, the two mating shafts may disengage. Disengagement of the two mating shafts will cause loss of steering control which could result in personal injury.




1. Insert the stabilizer shaft to the left side of the vehicle.

Important: DO NOT tighten the stabilizer link nut at this time. The weight of the vehicle must be supported by the control arms such that you can obtain the vehicle design trim heights before tightening the link nut.

2. Loosely install the stabilizer shaft link at the control arm.
3. Install the insulators from the stabilizer bar.
4. Connect the insulator clamps to the frame.
Tighten the stabilizer shaft bracket bolts to 48 Nm (35 ft. lbs.).
5. Raise the frame into position while you guide the steering shaft onto the gear.
6. Install the new frame-to-body attaching bolts.
7. Remove the jackstand.
8. Install the pinch bolt and tighten.
9. Install the dust seal into the steering gear.
10. Support the weight of the vehicle by the control arms.
11. Tighten the stabilizer link nut.
Tighten the stabilizer shaft link nut to 23 Nm (17 ft. lbs.).
12. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
13. Lower the vehicle.

Rear Removal Procedure

sway bar, stabilizer link

1. Raise and support the vehicle.
2. Remove the tires and wheels.
3. Remove the rear stabilizer shaft link (1) bolts.

stabilizer shaft link

4. Remove the insulator brackets and the bolts from the stabilizer shaft (2).
5. Remove the stabilizer shaft (2) from the rear suspension support (1).


Installation Procedure 

1. Install the stabilizer shaft (2).
2. Install the stabilizer shaft insulator brackets and hand tighten the bolts. Do not tighten the nuts at this time.
3. Install the right and left rear stabilizer shaft link (1) nuts.
- Tighten the stabilizer shaft link nuts to 35 Nm (26 ft. lbs.).
- Tighten the stabilizer shaft insulator bracket bolts to 48 Nm (35 ft. lbs.).
4. Install the tires and wheels.
5. Lower the vehicle.
6. Adjust the wheel toe angle.




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