Chevrolet Full-size Cars 1968-1978 Repair Guide

Leaf Spring

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Raise the vehicle on a hoist and place an adjustable jack under the axle.
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  3. Raise the axle until all tension is relieved from the spring.
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  5. Disconnect the shock absorber from the spring retainer plate.
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  7. Remove the upper shackle retaining bolt, then the front spring eye bolt.
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  9. Remove the spring/axle U-bolts, lower plate, spring pads, and spring.
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  11. Remove the shackle from the spring.
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  13. Before installing the spring, install the shackle on the rear ward end.
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  15. Replace the upper cushion on the spring, then insert the front of the spring into the frame and attach the rear shackle, leaving the bolt loose.
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  17. Install the lower spring pad and retainer plate, tighten the U-bolt nuts to 40 ft. lbs.
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  19. Tighten the rear shackle bolts to 80 ft. lbs.
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  21. Tighten the front eye bolt to 115 ft. lbs.
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  23. Attach the shock absorber to spring retainer plate, tighten to 65 ft. lbs.
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  25. Remove the jack and lower the vehicle.
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