Chevrolet Chevette/1000 1976-1988 Repair Guide



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Fig. Fig. 1View of the rear suspension used on Chevettes and Pontiac 1000's

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Fig. Fig. 2Exploded view of the rear suspension components

Chevette and Pontiac 1000 models use a solid rear axle and coil springs. The axle is attached to the body by two tubular lower control arms, a straight track rod, two shock absorbers and a bracket at the front end of the rear axle extension.

The lower control arms maintain fore and aft relationship of the axle to the chassis. The coil springs are located between the brackets on the axle tube and the spring seats in the frame. They are held in place by the weight of the car and, during rebound, by the shock absorbers which limit axle movement. The shock absorbers are angle-mounted on brackets behind the axle housing and the rear spring seats in the frame. A rear stabilizer bar is used.

When using a hoist contacting the rear axle be sure that the stabilizer links and the track rod are not damaged.