Chrysler Cirrus/Stratus/Sebring/Avenger/Breeze 1995-1998

Lower Control Arms

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring Convertible and Breeze

See Figures 1 and 2

The Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze models use 2 lateral links, instead of a control arm, for the rear lower suspension.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Disconnect the sway bar link and bushings from the lateral link

  1. Disconnect the sway bar link and bushings from the lateral link.
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The sway bar bushings are located on the front lateral link only. The rear lateral link does not have any connection to the sway bar.

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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the 2 bolts attaching the lateral link to the rear knuckle and the crossmember

  1. Remove the 2 bolts attaching the lateral link to the rear knuckle and the crossmember.
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  3. Remove the lateral link from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Install the lateral link into the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Install the 2 attaching bolts and tighten to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
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  5. Install the sway bar bushings (front lateral link only).
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  7. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
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  9. Lower the vehicle.
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  11. Check the rear wheel alignment. If adjustment is necessary, have it perfomed by a reputable alignment shop.
  12.  

Sebring Coupe and Avenger

Lower Arm

See Figure 3

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the appropriate wheel and tire assembly.
  4.  
  5. If equipped with an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), disconnect the speed sensor harness brackets from the lower control arm.
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  7. Disconnect the stabilizer bar link from the lower arm.
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  9. Remove the through-bolt connecting the knuckle assembly to the lower arm.
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  11. Remove the mounting bolt connecting the lower arm to the suspension crossmember.
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  13. Remove the lower arm from the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Lower arm and toe control arm component assemblies

To install:

The control arm mounting bolts must not be fully tightened until the suspension is bearing the full weight of the vehicle.

  1. Install the lower arm to the suspension crossmember and temporarily tighten the mounting bolt.
  2.  
  3. Connect the knuckle to the lower arm and lightly tighten the through-bolt.
  4.  
  5. Connect the stabilizer bar link to the lower arm and tighten the nut to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the wheel and tire assembly, then lower the vehicle to the floor.
  8.  
  9. Once the full weight of the vehicle is on the suspension, tighten the lower arm assembly mounting bolts to 71 ft. lbs. (98 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Check the rear wheel alignment. If adjustment is necessary, have it perfomed by a reputable alignment shop.
  12.  

Toe Control Arm

See Figure 3

The lower ball joint is integral with the toe control arm. They are removed and replaced as an assembly.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the appropriate wheel and tire assembly.
  4.  
  5. Matchmark the control arm adjusting bolt to aid in reassembly.
  6.  
  7. Using ball joint separator MB991113 or equivalent, disconnect the ball joint stud from the steering knuckle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the mounting bolts connecting the lower control arm to the suspension crossmember.
  10.  

To install:
  1. Connect the control arm to the suspension crossmember. Align the matchmarks on the adjustment bolt and lightly tighten the bolt.
  2.  
  3. Connect the ball joint stud to the knuckle and tighten the nut to 20 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the wheels and lower the vehicle to the floor.
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  7. With the full weight of the vehicle on the ground, tighten the control arm through-bolt to 50-56 ft. lbs. (69-78 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Check the rear wheel alignment. If adjustment is necessary, have it perfomed by a reputable alignment shop.
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