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Honda Pilot Front Sway Bar End Links Replacement Guide
How to change worn out front suspension sway bar stabilizer "anti-roll" end links on a 2003 to 2008 Honda Pilot SUV.

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New ACDelco Parts
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Old Front Sway Bar Links
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Bottom of Old Bar
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008) Honda Pilot SUV in replacing the front suspension sway bar end links (also known as the front stabilizer bar links or anti-roll bars).

Owners of other Honda or Acura vehicles such as the Accord, Civic, Crosstour, CR-V, CR-Z, Fit, Insight, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline, ILX, TSX, TLX, TL, RLX, RDX, NSX and MDX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

I bought and can recommend the ACDelco 46G0288A front stabilizer end links.

A few other compatible front sway bar end links with their part numbers are as follows: Moog K750124, Beck Arnley 101-5302, TRQ PSA55713, Parts Warehouse PWBK90349P and Detroit Axle K750124.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a 17mm wrench, a 6mm hex head socket with a 3/8" drive ratchet, a lug nut wrench, a floor jack and two jack stands.

You may also need a can of penetrating oil to loosen rusted on flange nuts and a 1/4" drive hex head socket to install the ACDelco brand end links.



 

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Top Of Old End Link
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Worn Out Rubber Boot
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Cracked Rubber Boot
The first few steps are to park the vehicle on a level surface, shift the transmission into park and turn off the ignition.

Engage the emergency parking brake and place wheel chocks on both sides of the rear tires to prevent the SUV from moving.

Slightly loosen the five lug nuts on the front wheel by turning them 1/4 to 1/2 turn in the counterclockwise direction with the tire iron.

Carefully raise the front of the car with the floor jack and securely support it with two jack stands.

Spin off the five lug nuts and set them aside in a safe place. Pull off the front wheel and set it aside.

I prefer to just work on one side of the car at a time to keep three tires on the ground for extra safety.

If your old sway bar end links appear to be rusted, you may want to spray some penetrating oil on to the top and bottom of the bars to make it easier to remove the flange nuts.

Allow the penetrating oil to seep in for at least 15 minutes before continuing.

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Hex Head Socket
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Test Fit Hex Socket
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Loosen Top Nut
Slide the 17mm wrench over the top flange nut.

Insert the 6mm hex head socket into the joint pin.

Loosen the top flange nut in the counterclockwise direction.

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Loosen Bottom Nut
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Hold Joint Pin With Hex
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Driver Side
Repeat the process to loosen the flange nut on the bottom of the end link.

Spin off the two flange nuts and remove the end link.

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Old Vs. New End Link
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Broken Rubber Boot
In the pictures above, you'll see a comparison of the old worn out Honda stabilizer bar links and the new AC Delco units.



 

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New End Link Installed
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Torque Flange Nuts
You may need to use another floor jack to raise the suspension to remove and / or install the end links.

Push the new end links into place on the suspension.

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Installation Complete
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Nice Quiet Test Drive
Spin on the 17mm nuts a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

An optional step is to apply some Loctite Blue medium thread locker liquid to prevent the nuts from loosening due to vibrations.

Tighten the two flange nuts in the clockwise direction with the 17mm wrench. Hold the joint pin in place with another wrench or you can use a 1/4" hex head socket for the ACDelco parts.

It would be best to use a torque wrench to tighten the flange nuts to the 58 lb-ft (78Nm) torque specification listed in the service manual.

Double check that the flange nuts are tight before moving on to the other side of the vehicle.

Push the front wheel back into place over the lug studs and spin on the five lug nuts a few turns in the clockwise direction to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

Slightly tighten the lug nuts in a criss-cross or star pattern with the lug nut wrench.

Carefully lower the car from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Continue tightening the lug nuts in a criss-cross or star pattern to just past hand tight.

It would be best to use a torque wrench to tighten the lug nuts to 80 lb-ft of torque as specified in the owner's manual.

Take your SUV for a very cautious and slow test drive with the windows down to see if the new sway bar end links are quiet.

Hopefully you won't hear any of the popping sounds, clanking, clunking, creaking and other noises that the old worn out stabilizer end links were causing.

Be sure to record the sway bar end links replacement in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out all of my 2003-2008 Honda Pilot DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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