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Old 10-31-2011, 12:34 PM   #1
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Bolt torque values for front and rear suspension components

We see so many questions about this so I figured I would just post the info from the GM service manual. Hopefully this will become a sticky so it's easy to find.


Just so there is no confusion with the terminology, the "front control arm nuts at the steering knuckle" are the ball joint nuts, and the "stabilizer shaft link nuts" are the sway bar end links.


More terminology adjustments:

-The "adjustable link" is the toe rods.
-The "rear stabilizer shaft insulator clamp bolts" are the swaybar mounting bolts where they attach to the cradle.
-The "upper control arm to knuckle bolts" are referring to the upper A-arm bolt on the spindle side (out at the wheel)

Any other questions, feel free to ask!

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Thank-you sir. Perfect timing!
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Are a lot of the suspension nuts/bolts one use only?
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Are a lot of the suspension nuts/bolts one use only?
As a general rule of thumb, yes, torque-to-yield bolts are designed to be one time use only. In applications such as engine bolts and brake hardware I would never recommend using the same bolts again however in most suspension applications, the bolt is mounted in double-shear fashion and I have no problem using this bolt 2-3 times before replcaing them.

Consider this. If you go to a Chevrolet dealership for an alignment they have to loosen and re-torque the front strut mounting bolts, rear lower control arm bolts and toe rod bolts. If they go according to their recommendations then they should replace all of these with new hardware but guess what? Just like any alignment shop across the nation, your dealership will loosen, adjust, and re-torque using the OE bolts...
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As a general rule of thumb, yes, torque-to-yield bolts are designed to be one time use only. In applications such as engine bolts and brake hardware I would never recommend using the same bolts again however in most suspension applications, the bolt is mounted in double-shear fashion and I have no problem using this bolt 2-3 times before replacing them.

Consider this. If you go to a Chevrolet dealership for an alignment they have to loosen and re-torque the front strut mounting bolts, rear lower control arm bolts and toe rod bolts. If they go according to their recommendations then they should replace all of these with new hardware but guess what? Just like any alignment shop across the nation, your dealership will loosen, adjust, and re-torque using the OE bolts...
This is spot on but we also suggest using Blue Loctite when reusing these bolts and nuts.

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Yes, Blue Loctite is always a good idea.
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