WORKSHOP TIPS: STABILISER LINK REPLACEMENT
Part of ZF’s global portfolio of premium brands, LEMFÖRDER steering and suspension technology products are fitted as original equipment and available to the aftermarket for passenger cars, light trucks and larger commercial vehicles.
ZF’s experts have shared with us some useful tips on diagnosing and replacing suspension stabiliser links, as follows.
A broken stabiliser link can be recognised while driving by the following symptoms: rattling and thumping noises on rough roads; imprecise vehicle handling; and heightened roll of the vehicle during cornering. If, upon inspection, the stabiliser link is found to be defective, ZF notes the following steps on how to replace it with a new unit:
- Raise the vehicle and remove the front wheels.
- Spray the fastening nuts of the stabiliser link with rust remover and let it penetrate for a few minutes.
- Loosen the lower fastening nut of the stabiliser link at the stabiliser and remove. If the ball stud also starts to turn, hold it with a suitable tool.
- Press the stabiliser link out of the torsion bar.
- Loosen the upper fastening nut of the stabiliser link at the suspension strut and remove it. If the ball stud also starts to turn, hold it with a suitable tool.
- Press the stabiliser link at the suspension strut out of the bracket.
- Insert new stabiliser link at the suspension strut.
- Tighten the stabiliser link at the suspension strut to the tightening torque specified by the vehicle manufacturer. TIP: Secure the ball stud against twisting with a suitable tool.
- Insert the new stabiliser link at the stabiliser.
- Tighten the stabiliser link at the stabiliser to the tightening torque specified by the vehicle manufacturer. TIP: Secure the ball stud against twisting with a suitable tool.
- Remount the front wheels. Lower the vehicle and tighten the wheel studs to the tightening torque specified by the vehicle manufacturer. TIP: Even if replacing the stabiliser link does not directly affect the chassis setting, LEMFÖRDER recommends checking the axle setting and adjusting if necessary, after working on the suspension.
- Conclude with a test drive
Before commencing the work, make sure to check both stabiliser links and replace them in pairs if necessary.
LEMFÖRDER’s range of original equipment quality suspension and steering parts is available across Australia from ZF Services Australia.
On offer is a comprehensive range of passenger car steering and chassis parts for repair or replacement including stabiliser mounts and links, rubber-to-metal components like axle bearings and suspension and strut mounts, control arms and bearings, tie rods and suspension joints. Also available are SACHS shock absorbers and clutches and TRW brake pads, brake discs and steering components.
For more information, visit: www.aftermarket.zf.com