Chevrolet Full-size Cars 1968-1978 Repair Guide

Coil Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Front coil spring removal. Make sure the lock in the top of the spring compressor is in position whenever the tool is used



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Fig. Fig. 2 Spring compressed and ready to install



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Fig. Fig. 3 Coil spring positioning for installation


CAUTION
The coil springs are under a considerable amount of tension. Be extremely careful when removing or installing them; they can exert enough force to cause serious injury. A coil spring compressor is needed for removal and installation. This tool can usually be rented at tool rental shops.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the shock absorber. Disconnect the stabilizer bar.
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  3. Support the vehicle at the frame so the control arms hang free.
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  5. Disconnect the Anti-lock Brake Sensor and secure off to the side.
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  7. Support the inner end of the control arm using tool No. J-23028 and a floor jack.
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  9. Raise the jack enough to take the tension off the lower control arm pivot bolts.
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  11. Chain the spring to the lower control arm.
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  13. Remove first the rear, then the front pivot bolt.
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  15. Cautiously lower the jack until all spring tension is released.
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  17. Note the way in which the spring is installed in relation to the drain holes in the control arm and remove it.
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  19. On installation, position the spring to the control arm and raise into place.
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  21. Install the pivot bolts and reverse the rest of the removal procedures.
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