AMC Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1988 Repair Information

Upper Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Except Pacer

See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the upper control arm and shock absorber mountingexcept Eagle and Pacer



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Fig. Fig. 2: Front suspension componentsEagle models

  1. Remove the shock absorber and compress the soil spring approximately 2 in. (51mm). Refer to the front spring removal and installation procedure in this section.
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  3. Jack up the front of the car and support the body on jackstands placed under the subframes (allow the control arms to hang free).
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  5. Remove the wheel and the upper ball joint cotter pin and retaining nut.
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  7. Separate the ball joint stud from the steering knuckle using a ball joint removal tool.
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  9. Remove the inner pivot bolts then remove the control arm.
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  11. To install, reverse the removal procedure. Do not tighten the pivot bolts nuts until the full weight of the car is on the wheels. The ball joint stud nut must be tightened to 40 ft. lbs., through 1975 and 75 ft. lbs. thereafter, the lower spring seat pivot retaining nuts to 35 ft. lbs., and the control arm inner pivot bolts to 45 ft. lbs. through 1976, 80 ft. lbs. 1977 and later.
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Pacer See Figure 3

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Fig. Fig. 3: Exploded view of the front suspension assemblyPacer models

  1. Raise and support the front of the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the wheel and tire.
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  5. Remove the cotter pin, locknut, and retaining nuts from the upper ball joint stud.
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  7. Loosen the stud from the steering knuckle with a ball joint removal tool.
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  9. Support the lower control arm with a floor jack.
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  11. Disengage the stud from the steering knuckle.
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  13. Remove the retaining nuts that attache the cross-shaft to the front crossmember and remove the upper control arm assembly.
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  15. Install the upper control arm in the reverse order of removal, tightening the cross-shaft retaining nuts to 80 ft. lbs., the upper ball joint stud to 75 ft. lbs., and if new bushings were installed, tighten the nuts to 60 ft. lbs. after the car is lowered to the floor.
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