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How to Replace Front Sway Bar 2000 - 2007 Chevy Monte Carlo

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Created on: 2014-07-28

This video shows what steps are needed to replace a rattling or vibrating sway bar yourself

  1. step 1 :Removing the Wheel
    • Loosen the lug nut covers with a 19mm socket
    • Pry off the center cap with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Loosen the lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Raise the vehicle with a floor jack
    • Secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Pull off the wheel
  2. step 2 :Removing the Sway Bar Link
    • Spray the top of the stabilizer link with penetrating oil
    • Place a 14mm wrench to hold the top
    • Place a 14mm socket on the bottom
    • Turn the 14mm socket to loosen the sway bar link
    • Remove the top bushings
    • Remove the sway bar link
    • Remove the center bushings
    • Loosen the 15mm bolts on the sway bar mount
    • Repeat the process for the other sway bar link
    • Lift the sway bar up
    • Remove the 15mm bolts on the sway bar mount
  3. step 3 :Removing the Sway Bar
    • Place a jack on the cross bar
    • Remove the two 18mm bolts from the subframe
    • Slowly lower the jack stand
    • Hammer off the sway bar mounts
    • Remove the rubber from the sway bar
    • Pull the sway bar down and out
  4. step 4 :Installing the New Sway Bar
    • Insert the new sway bar and angle it forward
    • Place the bushing into the sway bar link
    • Place the sway bar onto the sway bar link
    • Place the nut on top of the bushing by hand
    • Repeat the process for the other side
    • Push the mount onto the bar
    • Push the bracket over the mount
  5. step 5 :Tightening the Sway Bar and Frame
    • Replace the two 15mm bolts on the sway bar mount
    • Place a jack on the cross bar
    • Replace and tighten the two 18mm bolts on the subframe
  6. step 6 :Simulating the Weight
    • Place jack stands underneath the control arms
    • Place the weight of the vehicle on the jack stands
    • Tighten up the sway bar links with a 14mm ratchet
    • Tighten up each of the 15mm mounts on the sway bar
  7. step 7 :Reattaching the Wheel
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Tighten the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds in a crossing or star pattern
    • Reattach the center cap
    • Tighten the lug nut covers with a 19mm socket

Tools needed

  • 14mm Wrench

    13mm Socket

    15mm Wrench


    Torque Wrench

    14mm Socket

    Jack Stands

    18mm Socket

    19mm Socket


    Floor Jack

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the front sway bar on this 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo. It's the same part and similar process on these Monte Carlos from 2000 to 2007. The items you'll need include a new front sway bar from 1AAuto.com, 13mm, 14mm, 18mm and 19mm sockets, a ratchet, 14mm and 15mm wrenches, a hammer, and jack and jack stands.

Remove the tire by just loosening up these lug nut caps. Now, you can remove your lug nuts. If you don't have air powered tools, you want to loosen these up while the vehicle is on the ground. Then raise the vehicle and remove the nuts the rest of the way. If you do have air-powered tools, you can just remove them right here.

Spray down the top of the link with some penetrating oil and then use a 14mm wrench to hold the top with a 14mm socket and ratchet on the bottom. Ours actually comes apart easily. It's not uncommon. Sometimes the link is totally broken, and you don't even have to do this step. You just pull the remains out. And also, sometimes they're frozen up so bad you have to use a saw or a torch to cut the links out.

Pull the top bushings off and push the sway bar link down and out. Then remove the bushings in the center. Use a 15mm wrench and loosen these two bolts on your sway bar mount. You can see we're using an extra wrench to help break it free. We do the same thing here, but you'll notice this one is a little hard to remove right now. We fix that, and you want to just remove the sway bar link from this side. You can see on this side that our sway bar is actually broken. Now, you want to just lift the sway bar up and now that that's out of the way, you can remove these two 15mm bolts the rest of the way. We'll fast-forward as Mike does that.

Place a jack on this crossbar and then remove these two 18mm bolts. We'll just fast-forward as Mike does that. Now, carefully lower the jack slowly, and then hammer off these mounts. Once you get the metal off, you just pull this rubber part off. Do the same thing on this side. If it still doesn't fit, you can lower it down a bit more and then just pull the bar down.

Up top is the old sway bar; below is the new one from 1A Auto. You can see they're identical, and will fit exactly the same. The new one also comes with two new mounts and two new sway bar links.

Feed your new sway bar link up into place. Angle it forward and clip it on to the sway bar over there if you didn't entirely remove it. If you did, you want to just put the sway bar bolt up through. Put the bushings on. Push the sway bar down into place, and then put that top bushing and the nut back on top. You don't need to tighten this; you're just using this to hold it into place.

Have that set up on both sides, and then push the mount on to the bar. Then push the metal bracket down over that. Then replace those two 15mm bolts, and then repeat the process on the other side. Now, raise the jack back up. Once you have it in position, replace those two 18mm bolts and tighten them up.

When you tighten up the sway bar, you want to simulate all the weight being on the suspension. You want to have the sway bar in the riding position. Put jack stands underneath the control arms and carefully put the weight down on the jack stands and then tighten up all the mounts on the sway bar. Then replace your wheel and each of the lug nuts. You want to just tighten them preliminary, lower the vehicle, and tighten them the rest of the way.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

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