The front stabilizer bar on your 2006 Silverado is responsible for the stability of your truck while you are driving. It controls the vehicle while turning so the body does not roll. A stabilizer that is broken, worn or loose can cause tire wear, poor braking, poor handling and a lot of noise. If you need to replace the stabilizer shaft link on your truck, you will find the following instructions helpful.
Before you start, be sure that you place your truck on a flat, dry surface before you jack it up. You want to use jacks and stands that are made for your vehicle. For safety reasons, support it securely before you begin.
Removing the Front Stabilizer Shaft Link
- Using proper procedures, jack up and support your truck.
- Take off the nut that holds the stabilizer shaft to the link bolt.
- Next, remove the bolt to the stabilizer shaft link.
- Uninstall the stabilizer shaft link insulators and the spacers.
- Examine the parts to make sure there is no wear or damage.
Installing the Front Stabilizer Shaft Link
- Replace the spacers and insulators to the stabilizer shaft link.
- Before you install the stabilizer link bolts, you need to do the following:
- Take off any trace of the adhesive patch.
- Use Threadlocker on the bolt threads. (GM P/N 12345382 – Canada P/N 10953489) Blue Loctite #242
- You can now install the bolts to the stabilizer shaft link. In order to prevent damage to the stabilizer shaft because of loss of clamp load, after the specified torque is used, the threads of the link bolt needs to be two to four threads over the link nut.
- Reattach the stabilizer shaft to the link bolt using the nut to the shaft. Tighten the stabilizer nut to 89 lb. in./10Y. Tighten the nut until you see two to four threads above the nut.
You can now lower your truck and take it for a drive. You should see a significant difference in the way the truck handles.
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