Caravan, Town & Country 2006-2007

Lower Control Arms

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Bushing Replacement



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the control arm from the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Press the front bushing out of the control arm.
  6.  
  7. Cut the rear bushing lengthwise and remove it from the control arm.
  8.  

To install:

  1. Press the front bushing into the control arm until the bushing flange contacts the control arm.
  2.  
  3. Lubricate the rear bushing with silicone spray lubricant and push it onto the control arm.
  4.  
  5. Install the control arm to the vehicle.
  6.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the control arm from the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Press the front bushing out of the control arm.
  6.  
  7. Cut the rear bushing lengthwise and remove it from the control arm.
  8.  

To install:

  1. Press the front bushing into the control arm until the bushing flange contacts the control arm.
  2.  
  3. Lubricate the rear bushing with silicone spray lubricant and push it onto the control arm.
  4.  
  5. Install the control arm to the vehicle.
  6.  

Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    The bolts retaining the cradle crossmember are different sizes, makes sure to note the locations of the bolts and their sizes prior to removal.



    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheels
     
    Power steering cooler
     



    Cradle plate
     
    Lower ball joints
     
    Rear control arm bushing retainers
     

  4.  
  5. Matchmark the suspension cradle and the frame rail.
  6.  
  7. Loosen the left suspension cradle bolts and lower the cradle to allow the pivot bolt to be removed.
  8.  
  9. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front pivot bolts
     
    Lower control arms
     

  10.  

To install:


NOTE
The suspension must be at curb height for final tightening of the control arm pivot bolts and the rear bushing retainer bolts.

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Lower control arms
     
    Front pivot bolts. Torque the M14 suspension cradle bolts to 113 ft. lbs. (153 Nm) and the M12 bolts to 78 ft. lbs. (106 Nm).
     
    Rear control arm bushing retainers. Torque the bolts to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
     
    Lower ball joints. Tighten the pinch bolts 105 ft. lbs. (145 Nm).
     
    Cradle plate. Tighten the bolts to 120 ft. lbs. (163 Nm).
     
    Power steering cooler and tighten the bolts to 100 inch lbs. (11 Nm)
     
    Front wheels
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  
  3. Raise the suspension to curb height and tighten the pivot bolts to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Check the wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.
  6.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    The bolts retaining the cradle crossmember are different sizes, makes sure to note the locations of the bolts and their sizes prior to removal.



    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheels
     
    Power steering cooler
     



    Cradle plate
     
    Lower ball joints
     
    Rear control arm bushing retainers
     

  4.  
  5. Matchmark the suspension cradle and the frame rail.
  6.  
  7. Loosen the left suspension cradle bolts and lower the cradle to allow the pivot bolt to be removed.
  8.  
  9. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front pivot bolts
     
    Lower control arms
     

  10.  

To install:


NOTE
The suspension must be at curb height for final tightening of the control arm pivot bolts and the rear bushing retainer bolts.

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Lower control arms
     
    Front pivot bolts. Torque the M14 suspension cradle bolts to 113 ft. lbs. (153 Nm) and the M12 bolts to 78 ft. lbs. (106 Nm).
     
    Rear control arm bushing retainers. Torque the bolts to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
     
    Lower ball joints. Tighten the pinch bolts 105 ft. lbs. (145 Nm).
     
    Cradle plate. Tighten the bolts to 120 ft. lbs. (163 Nm).
     
    Power steering cooler and tighten the bolts to 100 inch lbs. (11 Nm)
     
    Front wheels
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  
  3. Raise the suspension to curb height and tighten the pivot bolts to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Check the wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.
  6.  

 
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