Chrysler Caravan/Voyager/Town n Country 1984-1995

Rear Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Front Wheel Drive Models

See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands. Locate the jackstands under the frame contact points just ahead of the rear spring fixed ends.
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  3. Raise the rear axle just enough to relieve the weight on the springs and support on jackstands.
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  5. Disconnect the rear brake proportioning valve spring. Disconnect the lower ends of the shock absorbers at the rear axle bracket.
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  7. Loosen and remove the nuts from the U-bolts. Remove the washer and U-bolts.
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  9. Lower the rear axle assembly to permit the rear springs to hang free. Support the spring and remove the four bolts that mount the fixed end spring bracket. Remove the rear spring shackle nuts and plate. Remove the shackle from the spring.
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  11. Remove the spring. Remove the fixed end mounting bolts from the bracket and remove the bracket. Remove the front pivot bolt from the front spring hanger.
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To install:
  1. Install the spring on the rear shackle and hanger. Start the shackle nuts but do not completely tighten.
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  3. Assembly the front spring hanger on the spring. Raise the front of the spring and install the four mounting bolts. Tighten the mounting bolts to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
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  5. Raise the axle assembly and align the spring center bolts in correct position. Install the mounting U-bolts. Tighten the nuts to 60 ft. lbs. (82 Nm).
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  7. Install the rear shock absorber to the lower brackets.
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  9. Lower the vehicle to the ground so that the full weight is on the springs. Tighten the mounting components as follows: Front fixed end bolt, 95 ft. lbs. (130 Nm); Shackle nuts, 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm); Shock absorber bolts, 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm).
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  11. Raise and support the vehicle. Connect the brake valve spring and adjust the valve.
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All Wheel Drive Models
  1. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands. Locate the jackstands under the chassis, ahead of the springs.
  2.  
  3. Raise the rear axle just enough to relieve the weight on the springs and support on jackstands.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the rear brake proportioning valve spring. Disconnect the lower ends of the shock absorbers at the rear axle bracket.
  6.  
  7. Loosen and remove the nuts from the U-bolts. Remove the washer and U-bolts.
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  9. Lower the rear axle assembly to permit the rear springs to hang free. Support the spring and remove the four bolts that mount the fixed end spring bracket. Remove the rear spring shackle nuts and plate. Remove the shackle from the spring.
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  11. Remove the spring. Remove the fixed end mounting bolts from the bracket and remove the bracket. Remove the front pivot bolt from the front spring hanger.
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  13. Separate the rear shackle plate from the shackle and pin assembly. Remove the shackle and pin assembly from the spring.
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To install:
  1. Assemble the shackle and pin assembly, bushing and shackle plate on rear of spring and spring hanger. Start the shackle and pin assembly through bolts, do not tighten.
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  3. Assemble the front spring hanger to the front of the spring eye and install pivot bolt and nut. Do not tighten.
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Pivot bolt must installed inboard to prevent structural damage during spring installation.

  1. Raise the front of the spring into position and install the 4 hanger bolts, tighten them to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm). Connect the actuator assembly for the proportioning valve.
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  3. Raise the axle assembly into position, centered under the spring center bolt.
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  5. Install the U-bolts, nuts and washers. Tighten the U-bolt nuts to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm).
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  7. Install the shock absorbers and start the bolts.
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  9. Lower the vehicle to the ground, with the full weight of the vehicle on the wheels. Tighten all of the fasteners in the following sequence and to the listed values:
    1. Front pivot bolts-105 ft. lbs. (143 Nm)
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    3. Shackle and pin assembly through-bolt nuts-35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm)
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    5. Shackle and pin assembly retaining bolts-35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm)
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    7. Shock absorber upper bolts-85 ft. lbs. (116 Nm)
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    9. Shock absorber lower bolts-80 ft. lbs. (109 Nm)
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  11. Raise the vehicle and connect the rear brake proportioning valve spring.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Rear suspension components-1984-88 models



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Fig. Fig. 2: Rear suspension components-1989-95 models (Except AWD models)

 
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