Breeze, Cirrus, Sebring Convertible and Sedan, Stratus Sedan, 1999-2005

Trailing Link

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Removal & Installation



2.0 & 2.5L Engines
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Raise vehicle on jackstands or centered on a frame contact type hoist.
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  5. Remove rear wheel and tire assembly from the vehicle.
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  7. At the knuckle, remove the nut, bushing retainer and outer trailing link bushing from the trailing link.
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  9. Remove or disconnect the following:
    WARNING
    The installation position of the bushings and retainers on the trailing link is important. When separating the trailing link from the hanger bracket, note the position and orientation on the bushings and retainers to ensure they are re-installed correctly.



    4 bolts attaching the trailing link hanger bracket to the floor pan and frame rail
     
    Trailing link and mounting bracket as an assembly from the vehicle
     

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  11. Separate the trailing link from the hanger bracket.
    1. To separate trailing link from hanger bracket, use a large adjustable wrench on flat of trailing link to turn link while holding nut stationary.

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      Fig. Trailing link to knuckle attachment-2.0L and 2.5L engines



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      Fig. Trailing link hanger attachment to vehicle-2.0L and 2.5L engines



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      Fig. Separating trailing link from hanger bracket-2.0L and 2.5L engines



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      Fig. Trailing link bushing installation-2.0L and 2.5L engines



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      Fig. Trailing link hanger bracket installation

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To install:


WARNING
The inner and outer trailing link to hanger bracket bushings and retainers must be installed in their correct position on the trailing link. Do not reverse the position of the inner and outer trailing link bushing or retainers on the trailing link.

  1. Install the black inner bushing retainer and inner bushing on the trailing link.
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  3. Install the trailing link, retainer and bushing on the hanger bracket.
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  5. Install the outer bushing, gold outer bushing retainer and nut.
    1. Using a large adjustable wrench on the flat of the trailing link to keep it from rotating, tighten the trailing link retaining nut to 73 ft. lbs. (99 Nm)
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  7. Install the black inner bushing retainer and inner bushing on the trailing link.
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  9. Install knuckle end of trailing link in rear knuckle.
    WARNING
    It is important that the following procedure be done when installing the trailing arm hanger bracket to the body of the vehicle. This procedure will ensure that the hanger bracket is installed in the correct position on the vehicle.

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  11. Install trailing link hanger bracket on vehicle and loosely install the 4 attaching bolts.
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  13. Install 2 drift pins of appropriate size in positioning holes on hanger bracket and into locating holes in body.
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  15. With hanger bracket correctly positioned on vehicle, tighten the 4 hanger bracket mounting bolts to 250 inch lbs. (28 Nm)
    WARNING
    When installing trailing link bushing retainers, the retainers must be installed with cupped side of retainer facing away from bushing and knuckle.

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  17. Install the outer bushing and the gold bushing retainer on the trailing link.
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  19. Install the retaining nut on trailing link.
    1. Using a large adjustable wrench on the flat of the trailing link to keep it from rotating, tighten the trailing link retaining nut to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
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