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How to Replace a Stabilizer Link in Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

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Under The Hood:

 How to Replace a Stabilizer Link in a Hyundai Santa Fe

Remove the Stabilizer Bar and Link

Loosen the lug nuts on the wheel slightly. Elevate the front of the vehicle. Make sure the supports are secure before proceeding.

Remove the front wheel assembly. Remove the nut and the stabilizer bar link at each side of the vehicle. Take the rear mounting bolts off the sub-frame.

Loosen the bolts on the bracket, then take out the bracket and bushing. Repeat the procedure on the other side of the vehicle.

Take the stabilizer bar from the vehicle. Take care not to catch it on any cables under the vehicle.

Install the Stabilizer Bar and Link

Set the stabilizer bar in place, then install the bushing and bracket with new fasteners. Tighten the fasteners.

Install new rear mounting bolts on the sub-frame. Repeat the process on the opposite of the vehicle. Put the stabilizer bar link and a new nut in position.

Replace the front wheel and tires assembly. Tighten the lug nuts by hand. Lower the vehicle and torque the lug nuts to 66 to 81 foot pounds. Check the tire pressure.

Test drive the vehicle to verify the steering and handling. Arrange to have a professional check the alignment.

Items you will need

  • Mechanic's toolset, including a full socket set, wrenches and screwdrivers

  • Torque wrench

  • Ball joint separator

  • Replacement parts

 How to Replace a Stabilizer Link in a Toyota Corolla

Remove the Stabilizer Bar and Link

Raise the vehicle on a rack or on secure supports. Remove the left front wheel and tire, then take off the nuts and remove the stabilizer link on both sides. Steady the ball joint by placing a 6mm hexagon wrench on the stud.

Take out the left and right side stabilizer link assembly. Disconnect the front suspension arm assembly, and then separate the gear assembly for the rank and pinion power steering.

Remove the four bolts then remove the following: both the left side and right side front stabilizer Number 1 brackets, the two front stabilizer bar bushings and the stabilizer bar front from the front suspension sub-assembly cross-member.

Install the Stabilizer Bar and Link

Install the two front stabilizer bar bushings to the Number 1 bracket, and then install the bracket to the right side of the stabilizer bar front. Position the busing to the inner side of the stopper on the bar.

Put the stabilizer bar front in place and install the four bolts to secure it to the front suspension sub-assembly.

Reinstall the steering gear for the rack and pinion power steering. Replace the front suspension arm on both sides.

Set the stabilizer bar link in place. Finger-tighten the two fasteners. Torque the fasteners to 55 foot pounds.

Remount the front wheel and tighten the lug nuts. Lower the vehicle and check the tire pressure.

Test drive the vehicle to assure proper steering and handling. Arrange to have a professional alignment inspection.

Items you will need

  • Mechanic's toolset, including a full socket set, wrenches and screwdrivers

  • Torque wrench

  • Ball joint separator

  • Replacement parts

  • 6mm hexagon wrench

 How to Replace the Stabilizer Link on a Ford Expedition

Turn off the air suspension system if the Expedition is equipped with it. The switch for the system is located around the right kick panel.

Raise the end of the truck for the stabilizer bar you are working or and support it on jack stands. If you are raising the rear end, block the front wheels and remove the rear wheels.

Remove the skid plate if one is equipped on the front end by removing its four bolts. One is usually equipped on four-wheel drive models.

Remove the nuts for the stabilizer link bolts; a flare-nut wrench works best. Remove the link bolts from the upper ends of the links and then remove the links. Discard the old washers and rubber bushings with the links.

Install the new links in place with the bolts, using the washers and bushings that come with the replacement kit. You should have these ready for installation immediately to reduce the amount of time the stabilizer is without the links. Tighten the nuts to between 16 and 21 foot pounds.

Reinstall all other parts on the truck like the skid plate or the rear wheels and lower the truck. Reactivate the air suspension system if the Expedition has it.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Lug wrench

  • Flare nut wrench

  • Stabilizer link kit

 How to Replace a Stabilizer Link in a Chevy Impala

Remove the Impala Stabilizer Link

Protect the steering wheel airbag coil from damage. To do this, position the front wheels so they point straight ahead. You also want to lock the steering wheel.

Use safety supports to raise the car. With the car supported, take off the tire and wheel assemblies on the front of the car.

Access the pinch bolt that secures the steering column intermediate shaft to the stub shaft. To access the bolt, move back the steering shaft dust seal. Once you access the bolt, use a wrench or a ratchet and socket set to remove the bolt.

Remove the nuts and bolts that secure the stabilizer shaft insulator. Position a hydraulic jack so it supports the center of the rear subframe crossmember.

Find the two rear frame-to-body bolts and remove them. Then lower the subframe to gain access to the stabilizer shaft. Don't lower the subframe more than necessary.

Take off the insulator clamps and the insulators from the subframe. Then remove the Impala stabilizer link and shaft. Pull the stabilizer shaft toward the rear, swing it down and extract it from the left side of the car.

Install the New Impala Stabilizer Link

Install the new stabilizer shaft from the left side of the car. Insert the new Impala stabilizer link nuts. You want these to hold the shaft in place, but you don't want to tighten them yet.

Replace the stabilizer shaft insulator clamps and use a torque wrench to tighten them to 35 foot pounds (48 Nm).

Put the subframe back in position. The intermediate shaft needs to be properly positioned in reference to the rack and pinion stub shaft. Use the torque wrench to tighten the pinch bolt to 35 foot pounds (48 Nm).

Place the new service replacement frame-to-body bolts in the correct spots and tighten them to 133 foot pounds (180 Nm) to secure the subframe.

Allow the weight of the vehicle to rest on the control arms and tighten the stabilizer link nuts to 17 foot pounds (23 Nm).

Items you will need

  • Safety supports

  • Wrench or ratchet and socket set

  • Hydraulic jack

  • Impala stabilizer shaft

  • Impala stabilizer link

  • Torque wrench

 How to Replace a Stabilizer Link in a Honda CR-V

Disconnect the battery ground, then isolate it to avoid accidental contact with the terminal while installing the stabilizer link. Raise the vehicle on a rack on or secure supports. Make sure the vehicle components are completely cool.

Remove the front wheels and tires. Matchmark the position of the stabilizer bar to help with reinstallation. Take the links from the end of the stabilizer bar.

Remove the bushing brackets from the underbody of the vehicle. Pull the stabilizer from the vehicle.

Install the new stabilizer bar. Apply a silicone lubricant between the bracket bushing and the bar.

Set new retainers in place and torque them as follows: stabilizer bar bracket-to-body bolts at 16 foot pounds and stabilizer link nuts and bolt at 22 foot pounds.

Install the front wheels and tires. Lower the vehicle and check the air pressure in the tires. Reconnect the negative battery cable to the terminal and tighten the bolt.

Road test the vehicle to verify the steering and handling. Arrange to have a professional check the alignment.

Items you will need

  • Mechanic's toolset, including a full socket set, wrenches and screwdrivers

  • Torque wrench

  • Ball joint separator

  • Replacement parts

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