These step-by-step instructions and video detail a sway bar link replacement on your 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 GMC Sierra 1500. The replacement procedures will be similar for select Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500, and 2500 models from 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, as well as Chevy Avalanche models between 2002 and 2006, Chevy Tahoes between 2000 and 2006, and Yukon and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 models from 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Replacing worn sway bar links helps you maintain a safe, working suspension system, and can help you avoid an accident. If you hear knocking when turning at low speeds, or notice body roll when cornering, it is important to replace the sway bar linkage as soon as possible.
Supplies Needed for This Job:
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4. Ratchet and Socket: http://bit.ly/2IEAOOi
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0:00 Welcome Back
0:39 Remove Wheels
1:21 Remove Old Sway Bar Links
2:05 Install the New Links
3:11 Reinstall the Wheels
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Your GMC Sierra 1500’s sway bar links connect the sway bar to the control arms to help balance and stabilize your truck when it turns or corners. Replacing worn sway bar links on your 1999-2007 GMC Sierra (as well as select 1999-2005 Chevrolet pickups) is a straightforward repair that can help ensure you are able to drive safely. If you need to replace your GMC Sierra’s sway bar links you experience swaying when turning at higher speeds, knocking sounds when going over bumps low speeds, or you may notice damage to the bushings or dust boots. It’s recommended that both the sway bar links on your GMC Sierra 1500 be replaced at the same time, since the linkage has been used for the same amount of time and they are likely to wear out at the same interval. Failing or malfunctioning sway bar links can cause problems with handling in your GMC Sierra, and could put you and others in danger. Our detailed step-by-step instructions will help you perform sway bar link replacement on your 1999-2007 GMC Sierra.
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Once you’ve got your supplies together, here’s what you’ll do:
Park on a level surface.
Carefully remove the plastic caps on your lug nuts with a 21mm socket, if your truck has them.
Then loosen the lug nuts on the front wheels with your 22mm socket.
Jack up the front end and put it on stands .
Remove the lug nuts and wheels.
Locate your sway bar link.
In the case of this truck, it’s located near the front of the control arm.
Using a ?mm socket and ratchet, remove the sway bar link nut from the top of the link.
Next, remove the sway bar bolt, along with the insulators and spacers.
At this point, inspect the sway bar link and bushings for any damage.
It’s not a bad idea to compare the size and shape of the old link with the new one to make sure you have
the right part.
To install the new sway bar link, first apply threadlocker to the threads on the sway bar link bolts.
Install the first washer on the bolt… then the insulator… then insert the bolt through the control arm.
Next, install another insulator… then another washer.
Now you can slide the long spacer over the bolt… and install another washer… and another insulator.
Once the bolt is passed through the hole in the sway bar, install the final insulator… and washer… and
hand-tighten the nut.
Now you can torque the nut to 89 inch pounds… and ensure that 2-4 threads have protruded past the
top of the nut.
We recommend replacing sway bar links in pairs, so repeat these steps on the other side.
Replace your wheels and finger-tighten the lug nuts.
Now you can lower the truck… and use your 22mm socket to torque the lug nuts to 120 foot pounds.