How to Adjust a Torsion Bar on a Dodge Dakotaby Chris Moore
A Dodge Dakota with four wheel drive uses a torsion bar suspension system, and you can adjust the torsion bar through its adjuster bolt. Adjusting the bar is a very precise task, as the Dakota's suspension needs to be level on both sides and set to a specific ride height. It is likely, however, that you'll need to adjust the bar if for any reason you removed and then replaced/reinstalled it. This adjustment procedure can vary depending on the exact year of the truck.
Drive the truck back and forth multiple times to settle the suspension. This is especially needed if you just replaced the torsion bar.
Loosen or tighten the torsion bar adjustment bolt on the swivel using a wrench or ratchet and socket.
Roll the truck back and forth, gripping it by the front end, to stabilize the suspension once again.
Measure the truck's ride height from the frame to the ground, placing your measuring tool at equidistant spots at each side of the truck. The ride height needs to be the same at each side.
Turn the adjuster bolt again as needed until the truck is level on both sides. Remember to roll the truck back and forth after every adjustment, as you need the suspension stable for a truly accurate reading.
- "Chilton Dodge Durango/Dakota Repair Manual"; John Wegmann; Haynes North America; 2006
- "Chilton Dodge Durango/Dakota Repair Manual"; Jay Strorer; Haynes North America; 2003
- Count the number of threads that or visible on the adjuster bolt before you ever remove the bar, or paint an indicator mark on the bolt. This helps you determine the exact position the bolt needs to be at.
- You should have the truck's front end alignment looked at by a mechanic afterward and adjusted if needed. This is especially true if you replaced and adjusted the torsion bar at the same time.
Things You'll Need
- Wrench or ratchet
- Measuring tool
Chris Moore has been contributing to eHow since 2007 and is a member of the DFW Writers' Workshop. He received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Texas-Arlington.