Chevrolet Citation/Omega/Phoenix/Skylark 1980-1985 Repair Guide

Coil Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Coil spring mounting


CAUTION
The coil springs are under a considerable amount of tension. Be very careful when removing or installing them; they can exert enough force to cause very serious injuries.

  1. Raise and support the car on a hoist. Do not use twin-post hoist. The swing arc of the axle may cause it to slip from the hoist when the bolts are removed. If a suitable hoist is not available, raise and support the car on jackstands, and use a jack under the axle.
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  3. Support the axle with a jack that can be raised and lowered.
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  5. Remove the brake hose attaching brackets (right and left), allowing the hoses to hang freely. Do not disconnect the hoses.
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  7. Remove the track bar attaching bolts from the rear axle.
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  9. Remove both shock absorber lower attaching bolts from the axle.
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  11. Lower the axle. Remove the coil spring and insulator.
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To install:

  1. Position the spring and insulator on the axle. The leg on the upper coil of the spring must be parallel to the axle, facing the left-hand side of the car.
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  3. Install the shock absorber bolts. Tighten to 34 ft. lbs. (47 Nm). Install the track bar, tightening to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm). Install the brake line brackets. Tighten to 8 ft. lbs. (11 Nm).
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