Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1967-1988 Repair Guide

Coil Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1972-74 Models
  1. Loosen the wheel lug nuts.
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  3. Raise the vehicle and safely support it with jackstands under the front ends of the frame rails.
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  5. Remove the wheel.
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It is advisable to spray the bolts and nuts with penetrating oil, then allow them to sit for a few minutes.

  1. Remove the shock absorber and upper shock absorber bushing and sleeve.
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  3. If equipped, remove the sway bar.
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  5. Remove the lower control arm strut.
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  7. Install a spring compressor finger-tight.
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  9. Remove the cotter pins and ball joint nuts.
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  11. Install a ball joint breaker tool and turn the threaded portion of the tool to lock it against the lower stud.
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  13. Spread the tool to place the lower stud under pressure, then strike the steering knuckle sharply with a hammer to free the stud. Do not attempt to force the stud out of the steering knuckle with the tool.
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  15. Remove the tool. Slowly release the spring compressor until all tension is relieved from the spring.
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  17. Remove the spring compressor and spring.
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To install:
  1. Position the spring on the control arm and install the compressor.
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  3. Compress the spring until the ball joint is properly positioned.
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  5. Install the ball joint nuts and tighten them to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm) for 100 and 200 series; 175 ft. lbs. (237 Nm) for 300 series.
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  7. Install the strut. Tighten the mounting bolts to 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm); the retainer nut to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm).
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  9. Connect the sway bar and tighten the link to 100 inch lbs. (11 Nm).
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  11. Remove the spring compressor.
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  13. Install the shock absorber. Tighten the upper end to 25 ft. lbs. (33 Nm); the lower end to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
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  15. Install the wheels.
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1975-88 Models

See Figure 1

  1. Loosen the wheel lug nuts.
  2.  
  3. Block the brake pedal in the UP position.
  4.  
  5. Raise and safely support the front end on jackstands placed under the frame.
  6.  
  7. Remove the wheels.
  8.  

It is advisable to spray the bolts and nuts with penetrating oil, then allow them to sit for a few minutes.

  1. Remove the brake calipers and suspend them out of the way. DO NOT DISCONNECT THE BRAKE LINE, AND DO NOT LET THE CALIPER HANG FROM THE HOSE!
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