Corvette 1997-2005

Transverse Spring

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Rear wheels
     

  4.  
  5. Measure the transverse spring stud height to ease the installation procedure and setting the proper vehicle trim height.
  6.  
  7. Install a spring compressor tool J 33432-A to the spring and compress it.
  8.  
  9. Remove the spring mounting bolts, spacers and insulators from the crossmember and control arm.
  10.  
  11. Remove the spring from the vehicle and remove the compressor tool.

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    Fig. Measure the transverse spring stud height to ease the installation procedure and setting the proper vehicle trim height-rear assembly



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    Fig. Removing the spring mounting bolts, spacers and insulators.

  12.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Spring compressor to the transverse spring
     
    Spring to the vehicle
     
    Spring spacers, insulators and NEW mounting bolts to the crossmember and torque the bolts to 46 ft. lbs. (62 Nm)
     
    Spring to the lower control arm
     
    Lower control arm to spring bolts and insulators and release the compressor tool
     
    Rear wheel
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  
  3. Adjust the trim height and place the retainers on the control arm bolts.
  4.  
  5. Check and adjust the alignment, if needed.
  6.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Rear wheels
     

  4.  
  5. Measure the transverse spring stud height to ease the installation procedure and setting the proper vehicle trim height.
    NOTE
    Important: During this procedure, use care not to scratch the transverse spring.

  6.  
  7. Install a spring compressor tool J-33432-A to the spring and compress it.
  8.  
  9. Remove the spring mounting bolts, spacers and insulators from the crossmember and control arm.
  10.  
  11. Remove the spring from the vehicle and remove the compressor tool.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Measure the transverse spring stud height to ease the installation procedure and setting the proper vehicle trim height



    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Removing the spring mounting bolts, spacers and insulators

  12.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:
    NOTE
    Do not remove the transverse leaf spring compressor tool until after the shock absorber has been installed. The pad on the transverse leaf spring bolt could move out of position resulting in damage to the pad or a rattle in the suspension.



    Spring compressor to the transverse spring
     
    Spring to the vehicle
     



    Spring spacers, insulators and NEW mounting bolts to the crossmember and torque the bolts to 46 ft. lbs. (62 Nm)
     
    Spring to the lower control arm
     
    Lower control arm to spring bolts and insulators and release the compressor tool
     
    Rear wheel
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  
  3. Adjust the trim height and place the retainers on the control arm bolts.
  4.  
  5. Check and adjust the alignment, if needed.
  6.  

 
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