Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1989-1996 Repair Guide

Coil Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Except Dakota
1989-93 MODELS

See Figure 1

  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands placed under the frame.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheels.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the lower control arm assembly-1989-93 Pick-up and Ramcharger

  1. Remove the brake calipers and suspend them out of the way. DO NOT DISCONNECT THE BRAKE LINE! Remove the inner pad. See Brakes .
  2.  
  3. Remove the shock absorbers.
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  5. Disconnect the sway bar.
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  7. Remove the lower control arm strut.
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  9. Install a spring compressor, such as tool DD-1278, tighten the nut finger-tight and back it off 1 / 2 turn.
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  11. Remove the ball joint nuts.
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  13. Using ball joint separator C-3564-A, or equivalent, spread the tool against the lower joint just enough to exert pressure then strike the knuckle sharply with a hammer to free the joint. NEVER ATTEMPT TO FORCE THE BALL JOINT OUT WITH TOOL PRESSURE ALONE! Remove the tool.
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  15. Slowly loosen the spring compressor until all tension is relieved from the coil.
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  17. Remove the 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.
  4.  
  5. Install the ball joint nuts and tighten them to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm).
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  7. Install the strut. Tighten the mounting bolts to 95 ft. lbs. (129 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. (34 Nm); the lower end to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Install the inboard brake pad and caliper. If equipped, tighten the retaining clips with a suitable torque wrench to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Install the wheels.
  18.  

1994-96 MODELS

See Figure 2

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the brake caliper and rotor.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
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Fig. Fig. 2: View of the coil spring mounting-1994-96 models

  1. Disconnect the stabilizer bar link from the lower arm.
  2.  
  3. Support the lower arm outboard end with a floor jack. Place the jack under the arm in front of the shock mount.
  4.  
  5. Remove the cotter pin and nut from the lower ball stud. Use remover tool C-4150A, or equivalent, to separate the ball stud.
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  7. Remove the lower shock bolt from the suspension arm.
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  9. Lower the jack and suspension arm until spring tension is relieved. Remove the spring and rubber isolator.
  10.  

To install:
  1. Install the rubber isolator on top of the spring. Position the spring into the upper spring seat and lower suspension arm.
  2.  
  3. Raise the suspension arm with the jack and position the shock into the suspension arm mount. Install the shock bolt and tighten to specification.
  4.  
  5. Install the steering knuckle on the lower ball stud. Install the lower ball stud nut and tighten to specification. Install a new cotter pin and remove the jack.
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  7. Install the stabilizer bar link on the lower suspension arm. Install the grommet, retainer and nut, then tighten to specifications.
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  9. Install the tie rod on the steering knuckle and tighten the nut to specification.
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  11. Install the brake caliper and rotor.
  12.  
  13. Install the wheels.
  14.  
  15. Remove the jackstands and lower the vehicle.
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Dakota

See Figure 3

For 4WD models, refer to the torsion bar procedure.

  1. Raise the vehicle and support safely.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Exploded view of the lower control arm and spring assembly-Dakota models

  1. Remove the shock absorber.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the sway bar from the lower control arm, if equipped.
  4.  
  5. Install spring compressor tool DD-1278, or equivalent to the coil spring. Tighten the nut finger-tight, then back off half a turn.
  6.  
  7. Remove the cotter pin and lower ball joint nut.
  8.  
  9. Release the lower ball joint taper using ball stud loosening tool C-3564-A, or equivalent.
  10.  
  11. Remove the tool and remove the ball stud from the control arm. Release the compressor tool from the coil spring.
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  13. Pull the arm down and remove the spring with the rubber isolation pad from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Install the spring with the rubber isolator. Install the compressor tool and compress it enough so the lower ball joint can be inserted through the knuckle.
  2.  
  3. Tighten the lower ball joint nut to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm). Install a new cotter pin. Remove the spring compressor.
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  5. Connect the sway bar to the lower control arm, if equipped.
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  7. Install the shock absorber.
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