Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1989-1996 Repair Guide

Lower Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Pick-Up and Ramcharger
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the shock absorber.
  4.  
  5. Remove the strut bar and disconnect the sway bar from the lower control arm, if equipped.
  6.  
  7. Install spring compressor tool DD-1278, or equivalent to the coil spring and tighten the nut finger-tight. Then back off half a turn.
  8.  
  9. Remove the cotter pin and lower ball joint nut.
  10.  
  11. Release the lower ball joint taper using ball stud loosening tool C-3564-A, or equivalent.
  12.  
  13. Remove the tool and remove the ball stud from the control arm. Release the compressor tool from the coil spring.
  14.  
  15. Pull the arm down and remove the spring with the rubber isolation pad from the vehicle. Remove the lower control arm pivot bolt from the crossmember and remove the arm from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Install the arm to the crossmember finger-tight. Install the spring with the rubber isolators. Install the compressor tool and compress it enough so the lower ball joint can be inserted through the knuckle.
  2.  
  3. Tighten 11 / 16 lower ball joint nuts to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm). Tighten 3 / 4 nuts to 175 ft. lbs. (237 Nm). Install a new cotter pin. Remove the spring compressor.
  4.  
  5. Install the strut bar and connect the sway bar from the lower control arm, if equipped.
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  7. Install the shock absorber.
  8.  
  9. Lower the vehicle completely. When the weight of the vehicle is off of the lifting apparatus, tighten the lower arm pivot bolts to 225 ft. lbs. (305 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
  12.  

Dakota

2WD MODELS

See Figure 1

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the shock absorber.
  4.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the lower control arm mounting-Dakota models

  1. Disconnect the sway bar from the lower control arm, if equipped.
  2.  
  3. Install spring compressor tool DD-1278, or equivalent to the coil spring and tighten the nut finger-tight, then back off half a turn.
  4.  
  5. Remove the cotter pin and lower ball joint nut.
  6.  
  7. Release the lower ball joint taper using ball stud loosening tool C-3564-A, or equivalent.
  8.  
  9. Remove the tool and remove the ball stud from the control arm. Release the compressor tool from the coil spring.
  10.  
  11. Pull the arm down and remove the spring with the rubber isolation pad from the vehicle. Remove the lower control arm pivot bolts from the crossmember and remove the arm from the vehicle.
  12.  

To install:
  1. Install the arm to the crossmember finger-tight. Install the spring with the rubber isolators. 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.
  4.  
  5. Connect the sway bar from the lower control arm, if equipped.
  6.  
  7. Install the shock absorber.
  8.  
  9. Lower the vehicle completely. When the weight of the vehicle is off of the lifting apparatus, tighten the front lower arm pivot bolt to 130 ft. lbs. (176 Nm) and the rear nut to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
  12.  

4WD MODELS
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the CV driveshaft.
  4.  
  5. Remove the torsion bar.
  6.  
  7. Remove the shock absorber lower attaching bolt.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the stabilizer bar from the lower control arm.
  10.  
  11. Remove the cotter pin and the nut from the lower ball stud. Separate the lower ball stud from the steering knuckle.
  12.  
  13. Remove the pivot bolts and remove the arm from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Install the new control arm to the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Install the pivot bolts.
  4.  
  5. Insert the ball stud into the steering knuckle bore. Install the nut, tighten to 120 ft. lbs. (163 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
  6.  
  7. Attach the stabilizer bar to the control arm and install the shock mount bolt.
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  9. Install the torsion bar and turn the adjustment bolt clockwise to apply a load to the bar.
  10.  
  11. Install the CV driveshaft and all related parts.
  12.  
  13. Lower the vehicle so the weight of the vehicle is completely off of the lifting apparatus.
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  15. Tighten the front pivot nut to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm) and the rear nut to 130 ft. lbs. (176 Nm).
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  17. Set the front suspension height. The difference between the distance from the surface that the tires are on to the lower control arm inner pivot and the distance that the tires are on to the outer end of the arm is 1-1 1 / 2 in. (25-38mm).
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  19. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
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BUSHING REPLACEMENT



The 1994-96 Pick-ups do not have replaceable bushings.

  1. Remove the lower control arm.
  2.  
  3. Use an arbor press and an appropriate size sleeve to force the original bushing from the lower control arm.
  4.  

To install:
  1. Use an arbor press and an appropriate size sleeve to force the bushing into the lower control arm bore. Make sure that it is fully seated.
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  3. Install the lower control arm.
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