Chrysler Full-Size Vans 1967-1988 Repair Guide

Coil Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

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Fig. Fig. 1: Coil spring and lower control arm mounting details-1970-78 vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 2: Coil spring and lower control arm mounting details-1979-88 vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 3: Freeing the lower ball joint with the ball joint taper breaker tool

1970-73 Models

  1. Raise the vehicle and support it with jackstands under the front ends of the frame rails.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the shock absorber and upper shock absorber bushing and sleeve.
  6.  
  7. If equipped, remove the sway bar.
  8.  
  9. Remove the lower control arm strut.
  10.  
  11. Install a spring compressor and tighten finger-tight.
  12.  
  13. Remove the cotter pins and ball joint nuts.
  14.  
  15. Install a ball joint breaker tool and turn the threaded portion of the tool to lock it against the lower stud.
  16.  
  17. 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.
  18.  
  19. Remove the tool. Slowly release the spring compressor until all tension is relieved from the spring.
  20.  

To install:
  1. Remove the spring compressor and spring.
  2.  
  3. Position the spring on the control arm and install the compressor.
  4.  
  5. Compress the spring until the ball joint is properly positioned.
  6.  
  7. Install the ball joint nuts and tighten them to 135 ft. lbs. for 100 and 200 series; 175 ft. lbs. for 300 series.
  8.  
  9. Install the strut. Tighten the mounting bolts to 85 ft. lbs.; the retainer nut to 50 ft. lbs.
  10.  
  11. Connect the sway bar and tighten the link to 100 in. lbs.
  12.  
  13. Remove the spring compressor.
  14.  
  15. Install the shock absorber. Tighten the upper end to 25 ft. lbs.; the lower end to 15 ft. lbs.
  16.  
  17. Install the wheels.
  18.  

1974-84 Models

  1. Block the brake pedal in the UP position.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the front end on jackstands placed under the frame.
  4.  
  5. Remove the wheels.
  6.  
  7. Remove the brake calipers and suspend them out of the way. DO NOT DISCONNECT THE BRAKE LINE!
  8.  
  9. Remove the hub/rotor assembly.
  10.  
  11. Remove the brake splash shield.
  12.  
  13. Remove the shock absorbers.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the sway bar.
  16.  
  17. Remove the lower control arm strut.
  18.  
  19. Install a spring compressor, such as tool DD-1278, tighten the nut finger-tight and back it off 1 / 2 turn.
  20.  
  21. Remove the ball joint nuts.
  22.  
  23. Using ball joint separator C-3564-A, or equivalent, spread the tool against the lower joint just endough 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.
  24.  
  25. Slowly loosen the spring compressor until all tension is relieved from the coil.
  26.  
  27. Remove the compressor and spring.
  28.  

To install:
  1. Position the spring on the control arm and install the compressor.
  2.  
  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. for 100 and 200 series; 175 ft. lbs. for 300 series.
  6.  
  7. Install the strut. Tighten the mounting bolts to 85 ft. lbs.; the retainer nut to 50 ft. lbs.
  8.  
  9. Connect the sway bar and tighten the link to 100 in. lbs.
  10.  
  11. Remove the spring compressor.
  12.  
  13. Install the shock absorber. Tighten the upper end to 25 ft. lbs.; the lower end to 15 ft. lbs.
  14.  
  15. Install the brake splash shield. Tighten the bolts to 15 ft. lbs.
  16.  
  17. Install the rotor/hub assembly. Tighten the adjusting nut to 30-40 ft. lbs. while rotating the rotor. Back off the nut until it is loose. Finger-tighten the nut and install the locknut and new cotter pin.
  18.  
  19. Install the grease cap.
  20.  
  21. Install the brake caliper.
  22.  
  23. Install the wheels.
  24.  

1985-88 Models

  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands placed under the frame.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheels.
  4.  
  5. Remove the brake calipers and suspend them out of the way. DO NOT DISCONNECT THE BRAKE LINE! Remove the inner pad.
  6.  
  7. Remove the shock absorbers.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the sway bar.
  10.  
  11. Remove the lower control arm strut.
  12.  
  13. Install a spring compressor, such as tool DD-1278, tighten the nut finger-tight and back it off 1 / 2 turn.
  14.  
  15. Remove the ball joint nuts.
  16.  
  17. Using ball joint separator C-3564-A, or equivalent, spread the tool against the lower joint just endough 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.
  18.  
  19. Slowly loosen the spring compressor until all tension is relieved from the coil.
  20.  
  21. Remove the compressor and spring.
  22.  

To install:
  1. Position the spring on the control arm and install the compressor.
  2.  
  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.
  6.  
  7. Install the strut. Tighten the mounting bolts to 95 ft. lbs.; the retainer nut to 50 ft. lbs.
  8.  
  9. Connect the sway bar and tighten the link to 100 in. lbs.
  10.  
  11. Remove the spring compressor.
  12.  
  13. Install the shock absorber. Tighten the upper end to 25 ft. lbs.; the lower end to 15 ft. lbs.
  14.  
  15. Install the inboard brake pad and caliper. Tighten the retaining clips to 15 ft. lbs.
  16.  
  17. Install the wheels.
  18.  

 
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