Avenger, Sebring Coupe, Stratus Coupe, 1999-2006

Control Arms & Links

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The lateral movement of the rear knuckle is controlled by the lateral links connecting the front and rear of the knuckle to the rear suspension crossmember. The lateral links have rubber isolator bushings at each end to isolate suspension noise from the body of the vehicle. The metal sleeves of the links are adjustable for setting rear alignment. The forward link allows for stabilizer bar attachment through stabilizer bar attachment links.

Fore and aft movement of the knuckle is controlled by a trailing link. The trailing link bolts to the bottom of the knuckle and to a bracket attached to the floor pan of the vehicle. The trailing link is steel and has rubber isolator bushings, retainer washers and nuts at each end to isolate suspension noise from the body of the vehicle.

Removal & Installation



2.4L & 3.0L Engines
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Paint matchmarks on the adjustment cam bolt
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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Rear wheel
     
    Stabilizer link
     
    Wheel Speed Sensor (WSS), if equipped
     
    Lower control arm assembly to knuckle
     
    Lower control arm

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    Fig. Paint matchmarks on alignment adjustment cam-2.4L and 3.0L engines



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    Fig. Exploded diagram of rear lower control arm and related components-2.4L and 3.0L engines

     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:
    NOTE
    Place vehicle weight on suspension before tightening bolts that go through rubber bushings.



    Lower control arm and torque the bolt to 55 ft. lbs. (74 Nm)
     
    Lower control arm to the steering knuckle and torque the bolt to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm)
     
    WSS, if equipped
     



    Stabilizer link and torque the bolt to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm)
     
    Rear wheel
     

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