See Figures 1 and 2
The front suspension on all models except Pacer is an independent linked type with the coil springs located between seats in the wheelwell panels and seats in the upper control arms. Rubber insulators between the springs and seats reduce noise transmission to the body.
Direct acting, telescopic shock absorbers are located inside the coil springs and the control arms are attached to the body via rubber bushings.
The suspension system is a double ball joint design, both upper and lower control arms each having one joint.
On all models, strut rods serve to support the lower control arms. Stabilizer bars are used on some models.
The Pacer front suspension is different from all other AMC cars. The coil spring is mounted between the two control arms; seated at the bottom on the lower control arm and at the top in the suspension/engine mount crossmember. The crossmember is isolated from the rest of the body structure by rubber mounting points. The shock absorbers are mounted inside the coil spring. The steering knuckle is attached to the upper and lower control arms by upper and lower ball joints. A front stabilizer bar is optional.
The front end alignment must be checked after any disassembly procedure.