Dodge Aspen/Volare 1976-1980 Repair Guide

Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the rear suspension components



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Fig. Fig. 2 Exploded view of the spring isolator. Inspect the isolators for deterioration which may cause the spring to shift and replace if necessary

  1. Raise and support the car and remove the wheels. Position jack stands under the axle to remove the weight of the rear axle from the springs.
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  3. Disconnect the rear shock absorbers at the bottom attaching bolts. Lower the axle assembly to allow the rear springs to hang free.
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  5. Remove the U-bolt nuts and remove the U-bolts and plate. Remove the nuts which secure the front spring hanger to the body mounting bracket.
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  7. Remove the rear spring hanger bolts and let the spring drop far enough to allow the front spring hanger bolts to be removed.
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  9. Remove the front pivot bolt from the front spring hanger.
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  11. Remove the shackle nuts and remove the shackle from the rear of the spring.
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  13. To start installation, assemble the shackle and bushings in the rear of the spring and hanger. Start the shackle bolt nut. Do not lubricate the rubber bushings and do not tighten the bolt nut.
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  15. Install the front spring hanger to the front spring eye and insert the pivot bolt and nut but do not tighten them.
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  17. Install the rear spring hanger to the body bracket and tighten the bolts to 30 ft. lbs.
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  19. Raise the spring and insert the bolts in the spring hanger mounting bracket holes. Tighten the bracket nuts to 30 ft. lbs.
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  21. Position the axle assembly so it is correctly aligned with the spring center bolt.
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  23. Position the center bolt over the lower spring plate. Insert the U-bolt and nut and tighten the nuts to 45 ft. lbs.
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  25. Install the shock absorbers. Tighten to lower mount to 35 ft. lbs.
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  27. Lower the car. Tighten the pivot bolts to 125 ft. lbs. and shackle nuts to 40 ft. lbs.
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  29. If springs were replaced, check the front suspension height and adjust if necessary.
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