Cavalier, Sunfire 2001-2005

Upper Control Arms

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Removal & Installation



  1. Remove the shock absorber from the vehicle.
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  3. Place the shock absorber in a strut compressor tool using a shock adapter.
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  5. Compress the spring.
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  7. Remove the nut.
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  9. Slowly release the tension on the spring.
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  11. Remove the spring and shock absorber from the compressor.
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To install:

  1. Place the shock absorber in the strut compressor.
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  3. Slide the spring over the shock absorber.
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  5. Install the spring seat on top of the spring.
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  7. Compress the spring just until threads are showing through the spring seat.
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  9. Install the retaining nut. Torque the nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
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  11. Remove the shock from the compressor.
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  13. Install the shock/spring assembly onto the vehicle.
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