Dodge Aspen/Volare 1976-1980 Repair Guide

Lower Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the lower control arm

  1. Raise the car and remove the wheel.
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  3. Remove the brake caliper and wire it up.
  4.  
  5. Remove the lower shock absorber attachment.
  6.  
  7. Remove the hub, rotor and splash shield.
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  9. Unload both torsion bars by turning the adjusting bolts counterclockwise.
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CAUTION
Unload both bars even if you are removing only one control arm.

  1. Raise the lower control arm until there is 2 7 / 8 in. clearance between the crossmember ledge at the jounce bumper and the torsion bar bushing on the lower control arm. Unbolt the torsion bar bushing on the lower control arm. Unbolt the torsion bar bushing from the control arm.
  2.  
  3. Separate the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle arm.
  4.  
  5. Remove the lower control arm pivot bolt and the control arm.
  6.  
  7. Position the control arm, install the pivot bolt, and make the flange nut finger-tight.
  8.  
  9. Install the ball joint stud in the steering knuckle arm, tighten the nut to 100 ft. lbs., and install a new cotter pin.
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  11. Hold the control arm at the height used in Step 6. Tighten the torsion bar bushing bolts to 50 ft. lbs. Tighten the control arm pivot bolt to 100 ft. lbs.
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  13. Replace the shock absorber and tighten the lower nut to 35 ft. lbs.
  14.  
  15. Replace the brake assembly. Tighten the caliper bolts to 15 lbs.
  16.  
  17. Turn the adjusting screws clockwise to load the torsion bars.
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  19. Lower the car and adjust suspension height and wheel alignment.
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