Dodge Aspen/Volare 1976-1980 Repair Guide

Torsion Bars

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Isolated front crossmember and torsion bar assembly



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Fig. Fig. 2 Exploded view of the torsion bars and related components



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Fig. Fig. 3 Remove the torsion bar anchor bolt on the bar to be removed



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Fig. Fig. 4 Raise the lower control until there is 2 7/8 inch distance between the crossmember ledge and the torsion bar end bushing flange; this is the "Design Height"



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Fig. Fig. 5 Exploded view of the sway bar-to-torsion bar bushing assembly



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Fig. Fig. 6 Unbolt the pivot cushion bushing and remove the anchor end from the crossmember. Inspect all components for rust and all seals for deterioration



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Fig. Fig. 7 Grease the torsion bar hex end and assemble the anchor to the bar with the ears facing up



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Fig. Fig. 8 Confirm that the torsion bar anchor is fully seated in the crossmember



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Fig. Fig. 9 Raise the control arm to the "Design Height" and using a new bolt, attach the sway bar to the control arm

The torsion bars are not interchangeable from right to left. They are marked with an R or an L, according to their location.

  1. Raise the car so that the front suspension hangs free.
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  3. Release the load on the torsion bar by turning the anchor adjusting bolts counterclockwise.
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  5. Remove the adjusting bolt on the bar to be removed.
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  7. Raise the lower control arms 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.
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  9. Unbolt the sway bar from the control arm.
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  11. Unbolt the torsion bar pivot bushing from the crossmember. Remove the bar and anchor assembly from the crossmember.
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  13. Check the seals on the bar for damage. If corrosion is evident, replace the bar assembly. Touch up any paint nicks or scratches. Check the adjusting bolt and swivel for corrosion or damage. Replace them if necessary.
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To install:

  1. Slide the balloon seal over the end of the bar with the cupped end toward the hex.
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  3. Coat the hex end of the bar with high-temperature waterproof grease.
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  5. Install the hex end of the bar into the anchor bracket. The ears of the bracket should be nearly straight up.
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  7. Install the bar anchor bracket assembly into the crossmember anchor retainer. Install the adjusting bolt and bearing. Attach the pivot bushing to the crossmember, finger-tight.
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  9. Support the lower control arms at the height specified in Step 4 and install the torsion bar bushing to lower control arm bolts. Tighten them to 50 ft. lbs.
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  11. Check that the anchor bracket is fully seated in the crossmember. Tighten the pivot bushing bolts to 75 ft. lbs.
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  13. Put the balloon seal over the anchor bracket.
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  15. Install a new sway bar end bolt and tighten to 50 ft. lbs.
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  17. Load the bar by turning the adjusting bolt clockwise. Lower the car and adjust the front end height.
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