How to Replace Mazda Tribute Sway Bar Links

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The sway bar link on a Mazda Tribute is the long rod that connects the sway bar to the lower control arm. There are two sway bar links on a Mazda Tribute, one on each side of the front suspension. The sway bar and links help to reduce body roll as the Tribute is driving through a turn. The sway bar and links exert a downward force on the lower control on the outside of the turn. This keeps the vehicle's body from leaning inward.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench set
  • Replacement sway bar links

Remove a Mazda Tribute Sway Bar Link

  • Raise the front of the vehicle and support with jack stands placed underneath the front subframe.

  • Remove the front wheels and tires by removing the lug nuts and pulling the wheels off the spindles.

  • Remove the nut that secures the sway bar link to the sway bar. Pull the sway bar link down to separate it from the sway bar.

  • Remove the nut that secures the sway bar link to the lower control arm. Lift the sway bar link up to separate it from the lower control arm.

  • Remove the sway bar link from the vehicle by pulling it out.

Install a Mazda Tribute Sway Bar Link

  • Lift the new sway bar link into position between the sway bar and the lower control arm.

  • Slide the threaded rod on the sway bar link through the mounting hole in the sway bar. Loosely thread the retaining nut onto the threaded rod.

  • Slide the threaded rod on the sway bar link through the mounting hole in the lower control arm. Loosely thread the retaining nut onto the threaded rod.

  • Tighten the retaining nuts on both the sway bar and lower control arm.

  • Reinstall the wheels and tires by lifting the wheel onto the spindle and reinstalling the lug nuts.

  • Lower the vehicle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some aftermarket companies offer performance sway bar links if you want to improve the handling of your Mazda Tribute.
  • Always follow the instructions listed in the owners manual when lifting and lowering a vehicle. Failing to do so could cause injury or death.

References

  • "Haynes Ford Escape & Mazda Tribute 2001 thru 2007 Automotive Repair Manual"; John H. Haynes; 2008
  • "Chilton Ford Escape & Mazda Tribute: 2001 through 2003 Repair Manual"; Mike Stubblefield; 2004
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