Dodge Journey: Installation

NOTE: Before stabilizer bar installation, inspect the cushions and links for excessive wear, cracks, damage and distortion. Replace any pieces failing inspection.

NOTE: Before installing the stabilizer bar, make sure the bar is not upside-down. The stabilizer bar must be installed so that when in mounted position, the ends of the bar curve under the steering gear tie rods, up to the links.

Front Suspension
Fig. 72: Stabilizer Bar Mounting

1. Install the stabilizer bar, link ends first, from the rear over top of the crossmember. Curve the ends of the bar (2) under the steering gear.

2. Install the two cushions (bushings) on the stabilizer bar utilizing the slit cut into the cushion sides.

3. Install the two stabilizer bushing retainers (3) over the cushions.

4. Install the screws (1) securing the stabilizer bushing retainers (3) to the crossmember. Tighten all four stabilizer bar cushion retainer screws to 60 N.m (44 ft. lbs.).

Front Suspension
Fig. 73: Front Crossmember Mounting

5. Slowly raise the crossmember (9) into mounted position using the transmission jack matching the crossmember to the marked locations on the body made during removal.

6. Position the front crossmember reinforcement brackets (7) (one each side of vehicle) over the crossmember rear mounting bushings and install the mounting screws (8), but do not tighten at this time.

Front Suspension
Fig. 74: Front Crossmember Mounting

7. Install the four mounting bolts (6) securing the front crossmember (1) to the body. Tighten the crossmember mounting bolts to 135 N.m (100 ft. lbs.).

8. Tighten the crossmember reinforcement bracket mounting screws (8) to 50 N.m (37 ft. lbs.).

9. Remove the transmission jack.

Front Suspension
Fig. 75: Identifying Steering Gear Mounting

10. Remove the bungee cord or other supporting the steering gear (2).

11. Install the two bolts (1) securing the steering gear (2) to the crossmember. Tighten the steering gear mounting bolts to 100 N.m (74 ft. lbs.).

Front Suspension
Fig. 76: Heat Shield

12. Position the heat shield (1) over the steering gear (2). Install the mounting screws and push-pins. Tighten the screws to 6 N.m (53 in. lbs.).

Front Suspension
Fig. 77: Hoses At Rear Of Crossmember

13. Position the power steering hose routing clamps (2) on the crossmember. Install and tighten the screws to 8 N.m (71 in. lbs.).

Front Suspension
Fig. 78: Stabilizer Link Mounting To Bar

14. Attach the stabilizer bar link (1) at each end of the stabilizer bar (2). At each link, install and tighten the nut (3) while holding the stabilizer bar link lower stud stationary. Tighten the nuts to 48 N.m (35 ft. lbs.).

15. Install the rear engine mount.

16. Install the front engine mount through-bolt.

17. If equipped, install the engine belly pan.

18. Lower the vehicle.

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