Chrysler Caravan/Voyager/Town n Country 1984-1995

Strut Spring

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10



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Fig. Fig. 1: A coil spring compressor Chrysler Tool C-4838 shown in the installed position



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Fig. Fig. 2: An alternative coil spring compressor to the Chrysler Tool C-4838 is shown in the installed position



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Fig. Fig. 3: With the the coil compressed, hold the center rod from turning and remove the assembly nut



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Fig. Fig. 4: Removing the nut from the shaft



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Fig. Fig. 5: Removing the washer from the shaft



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Fig. Fig. 6: Removing the upper strut mount from the shaft



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Fig. Fig. 7: The the upper strut mount shown removed from the shaft



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Fig. Fig. 8: After removing the upper strut mount, remove the washer from the shaft



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Fig. Fig. 9: Removing the rubber insulator



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Fig. Fig. 10: Removing the coil spring from the strut

A coil spring compressor such as Chrysler Tool C-4838, or equivalent, is required.

  1. Remove the strut and spring assembly from the vehicle.
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  3. Compress the coil spring with Chrysler Tool C-4838, or equivalent.
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CAUTION
Make sure the compressor is mounted correctly, then tighten jaws evenly. If the spring slips from the compressor, bodily injury could occur.

  1. Hold the strut center rod from turning and remove the assembly nut.
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The coil springs on each are rated differently. Be sure to mark the spring for side identification.

  1. Remove the mount assembly and the coil spring. Inspect the assembly for rubber isolator deterioration, distortion, cracks and bonding failure. Replace as necessary.
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  3. Check the mount bearings for binding and the retainers for bends and cracks. Replace as necessary.
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To install:
  1. Compress the spring and install it on the strut.
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  3. Install the upper mount assembly. The spring seat tab and the end of the coil spring must be aligned. Install assembly nut and tighten while holding the center strut rod in position. Tighten the nut to 60 ft. lbs. (82 Nm).
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  5. Release the coil spring compressor.
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  7. Install the strut assembly on the vehicle.
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  9. Lower the vehicle, remove the jackstands and test drive the vehicle.
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  11. Misalignment of the upper coil spring seat can cause interference between the coil spring and the inside of the mounting tower. A scraping noise on turns will be an indication if the problem. To correct:
    1. Raise and support the vehicle to take the weight off of the front wheels.
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    3. Use two wrenches, one on the top of the center strut rod and one on the assembly nut. Turn both the strut rod and nut in the same direction. The spring will wind up and snap into position.
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    5. Check the torque on the assembly nut-it should be 60 ft. lbs. (82 Nm).
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