Replacing a Chevrolet Sway Bar in Few Easy Steps
Proper installation of the Chevrolet sway bar link is essential as it is crucial in the performance of the vehicle's suspension system. If a faulty link is left unattended or if the installation is done poorly, accidents may occur especially when your vehicle make sharp turns. To prepare you for the replacement, below is a guide to help you with the process.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials:
- Car ramps
- Wheel wedges
- Work lights
- Extension cord
- Set of through-bolt wrenches (various sizes)
- Set of regular wrenches or a socket set
- Spray lubricant
- Sledge hammer
- Pry bars
- Safety glasses and protective gloves
Preparing to take out the sway bar link
Choose a clean, dry area to work on this task. Raise the front tires of the vehicle in the ramp. Make sure to secure the back wheels with heavy wheel wedges and set the hand brake. Put up the work lights both over and under the vehicle when lighting is insufficient. Lay a drop cloth on the floor under your Chevrolet.
Removing of sway bar link
Carefully go under the vehicle near the sway bar assembly. Size the nuts, which secure the link in position. Usually, there are two nuts: one is a through-nut style while the other is typically a regular nut. Use the correct size of wrench. You can also spray on some lubricant on the connections of stubborn nuts to loosen them; make sure to soak them for around thirty minutes. Next, grip the through-bolt with a wrench while you take out the other nut. Because automotive nuts are usually mounted with air wrench or torque wrench, you may have to lightly hit the nuts with a hammer first. If you are not sure, it is better to ask for an expert's opinion on whether the sway bar link nuts have to be torqued down. Take note of the old Chevrolet sway bar link's exact location. Then, start taking out the nuts and hit the bar link with a sledgehammer until it gets loose. Do this process for the other sides. Bring the sway bar link to your supplier or local auto parts dealer to make sure the link is matched precisely. Take note of your vehicle's make, model, and year as well.
Installing the replacement sway bar link
Place the new Chevrolet sway bar link in position. To get the correct alignment, you may have to use a pry bar to lift or move the suspension. Use the through-bolt wrench and regular wrench again to mount in the new sway bar link. Tighten the links one at a time by switching one side to the other to get an even compression. Make sure the rubber seals on both sides are compressed uniformly for about two-thirds. Again, verify with an expert on how to tighten the connections. Continue to secure the links. Take note to tighten the nuts only after the Chevrolet sway bar link is secured. Otherwise, the new bar link may not last long.