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.
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  3. Remove the wheel.
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  5. Remove the shock absorber and upper shock absorber bushing and sleeve.
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  7. If equipped, remove the sway bar.
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  9. Remove the lower control arm strut.
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  11. Install a spring compressor and tighten finger-tight.
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  13. Remove the cotter pins and ball joint nuts.
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  15. 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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  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.
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  19. Remove the tool. Slowly release the spring compressor until all tension is relieved from the spring.
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To install:
  1. Remove the spring compressor and spring.
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  3. Position the spring on the control arm and install the compressor.
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  5. Compress the spring until the ball joint is properly positioned.
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  7. Install the ball joint nuts and tighten them to 135 ft. lbs. for 100 and 200 series; 175 ft. lbs. for 300 series.