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2016-2020 Kia Optima Sway Bar Link Replacement

DIY Cost: $ 20 - 50
Est. Time: 30 - 40 mins
Difficulty: Intermediate

Summary

Step-by-step instructions on how to replace the sway bar link on a 2016-2020 Kia Optima.

What you will need

Procedure

  1. Park the vehicle, set the parking brakes and loosen the lug nuts on the front wheel.Loosening the lug nuts on the front wheel.

     

  2. Jack up the vehicle on the jack points under the front door and remove the front wheel.Jacking up the vehicle and removing the front wheel.

     

  3. Support the vehicle with jack stands and place wheel chocks on the rear wheel.Support the vehicle with jack stands.

     

  4. Locate the sway bar link and loosen the bolts on both sides of the sway bar link. Use a 17mm wrench to loosen the bolt and an 8mm wrench to counter hold.Loosening the bolt on the sway bar link.
  5. Repeat for the upper connection to the strutLoosening the bolt on the sway bar link.
  6. Tap or use a tool to push the sway bar link out from the sway bar and suspension of the vehicle.Removing the sway bar link from the vehicle. Another method to remove the sway bar link is to place a jack under the control arm and slowly raise the control arm until the sway bar link can be easily removed by hand. 
  7. Get the new sway bar link and line it up back to the sway bar and suspension. Then reinstall the bolts back to the sway bar link.Installing the new sway bar link of the vehicle.

    Torque Specification of the bolts on the sway bar link: 98.1 - 117.7N.m (72.3 - 86.8lb-ft)

  8. Reinstall the wheel and test drive the vehicle. Torque the lug nuts to 85 ft-lbs.

Torque Specification

Bolts on the sway bar link: 

  • 98.1 - 117.7N.m (72.3 - 86.8lb-ft)

Notes

2016-2020 Kia Optima Sway Bar Link Replacement What you will need 17mm wrench 8mm wrench Floor jack Jack stands Wheel chocks Sway bar link (Kia Optima)