Chevrolet Chevette/1000 1976-1988 Repair Guide

Lower Control Arm and Coil Spring

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1Control arm assembly mounting. Note that the ball joint is identified with the arrow

  1. Raise the car.
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  3. Remove the wheel and tire.
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  5. Disconnect the stabilizer bar from the lower control arm and disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
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  7. Support the lower control arm with a jack.
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  9. Remove the nut from the lower ball joint, then use a ball joint removal tool to press out the lower ball joint.
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  11. Swing the knuckle and hub aside and attach them securely with wire.
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  13. Loosen the lower control arm pivot bolts.
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  15. As a safety precaution, install a chain through the coil spring.
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  17. Slowly lower the jack.
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  19. When the spring is extended as far as possible, use a prybar to carefully lift the spring over the lower control arm seat. Remove the spring.
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  21. Remove the pivot bolts and remove the lower control arm.
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To install:

  1. Install the lower control arm and pivot bolts to the underbody brackets. Tighten the lower control arm pivots to 40 ft. lbs.
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  3. Position the spring correctly and install it in the upper pocket. Use tape to hold the insulator onto the spring.
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  5. Install the lower end of the spring onto the lower control arm. An assistant may be necessary to compress the spring far enough to slide it over the raised area of the lower control arm seat.
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  7. Use a jack to raise the lower control arm and compress the coil spring.
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The ball joint studs use a special nut which must be discarded whenever loosened and removed. On assembly, use a standard nut to draw the ball joint into position on the knuckle, then remove the standard nut and install a new special nut for final installation.

  1. Install the ball joint through the lower control arm and into the steering knuckle. Install the nut on the ball stud nut and tighten to 41-54 ft. lbs.
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  3. Connect the stabilizer bar to the lower control arm and tighten its attaching bolt to 15 ft. lbs. Connect the tie rod to the steering knuckle. Install the wheel and tire.
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  5. Lower the car.
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