Chrysler Front Wheel Drive Cars 6-CYL 1988-1995 Repair Information

Rear Crossmember/Axle Assembly

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Except Premier and Monaco

See Figure 1

  1. Loosen the rear wheel lug nuts.
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  3. Raise the vehicle and support safely.
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  5. Remove the rear wheels.
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  7. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the rear brake assembly.
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  9. Disconnect the brake tubes from the hoses and unclip the brake tubes from the axle housing. Make sure to plug the brake lines, otherwise brake fluid will continue to leak out of the system and the remaining fluid could become tainted. Disconnect the rear wheel speed sensors, if equipped with anti-lock brakes.
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  11. If equipped, disconnect the link from the suspension leveling sensor from the track bar. Remove the rear air spring, if so equipped.
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  13. Using a floor jack, support the weight of the axle.
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  15. Unbolt the shock absorbers and remove the track bar-to-axle pivot bolt. Suspend the track bar with a wire.
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  17. Lower the axle until the spring and isolator assemblies can be removed, then remove them from the vehicle.
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  19. Carefully pull the axle out from under the vehicle.
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  21. At this point in time, the brake assemblies can be removed from the axle assembly. For more details, refer to Brakes .
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the rear crossmember assembly

To install:
  1. Position the axle under the vehicle, then raise the axle with a floor jack. Be careful to not allow the axle to fall off of the floor jack.
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  3. Attach the pivot bushing hanger brackets-to-frame rail. Tighten the bolts to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
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  5. Install the springs and isolators. For more details, refer to the spring installation procedure located earlier in this section.
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  7. Raise the axle and loosely install the shock absorber and track bar through bolts.
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  9. Install the brake assemblies onto the rear axle.
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  11. Attach the brake hose and parking brake cable to the rear caliper (disc brakes), or rear brake cylinder (drum brakes), and suspension arm. Install the brake hose mounting bracket to the caliper support.
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  13. Route the parking brake cable through the hanger bracket and lock the housing end into the bracket. Install the cable end into the intermediate connector.
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  15. Install the brake hose and fitting into the bracket and install the lock. Attach the brake tube assembly to the hose fitting and tighten it to 12 ft. lbs. (16 Nm).
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  17. Install the wheels and tighten the lug nuts until snug.
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  19. Lower the vehicle until some of its weight is resting on the tires, then tighten the lug nuts to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm).
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  21. Lower the vehicle completely to the ground. Tighten the lower shock absorber bolts to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm). Tighten the track bar bolt to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
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  23. Bleed the brake system. For more details, refer to Brakes .
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Premier and Monaco

See Figure 2

  1. Loosen the rear wheel lug nuts.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle with jackstands.
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  5. Remove the rear wheels.
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  7. Remove the parking brake cables from the body support.
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  9. Disconnect and plug the brake hoses at the axle.
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  11. Remove the shock absorbers. For more details, refer to the shock absorber removal procedure located earlier in this section.
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WARNING
Do not apply a lifting force to the hydraulic jack positioned under the rear crossmember, otherwise damage will result. Only support the weight of the axle.

  1. Support the axle assembly with a floor jack, then remove the support bracket bolts. Lower the axle assembly and pull it out from under the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 2: The removed rear crossmember/axle assembly-Premier and Monaco vehicles

To install:
  1. Position the axle under the vehicle and raise it into place with a floor jack.
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  3. Install and tighten the support bracket bolts to 68 ft. lbs. (92 Nm).
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  5. Connect the brake hoses at the axle.
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  7. Connect the parking brake cables. For more details, refer to Brakes .
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  9. Install the shock absorbers. Tighten the upper shock bolt to 60 ft. lbs. (81 Nm) and the lower bolt to 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm).
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  11. Remove the floor jack from under the rear axle assembly.
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  13. Install the rear wheels and tighten the lug nuts until snug.
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  15. Lower the vehicle to the ground, then tighten the lug nuts to the 63 ft. lbs. (85 Nm) for steel wheels and to 90 ft. lbs. (122 Nm) for aluminum wheels.
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  17. Bleed the brake system and adjust the parking brake cable. For more details, refer to Brakes .
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