Dodge Colt/Challenger/Conquest/Vista 1971-1989 Repair Guide

Lower Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Rear Wheel Drive, Except Conquest


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Fig. Fig. 1 Rear suspension on the 1979-84 Colt and 1985 Vista

  1. Support the vehicle body on safety stands. Use a jack under the rear axle to raise the rear axle assembly slightly.
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  3. Remove the wheel and the upper control arm rod.
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  5. Detach the parking brake rear cable from the lower arm.
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  7. Remove the lower arm from the rear axle housing and from the bracket attached to the body.
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  9. Temporarily install the lower arm (check for marking on left side arm) and torque the bolts to 94-108 ft. lbs. Torque the assist link bushing bolt to 47-58 ft. lbs.
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  11. With the special nut assembly placed securely against the rear axle housing bracket, install the upper control arm rod to the bracket. Torque the bolt to 94 ft. lbs.
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Always use new bolts.

Conquest


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Fig. Fig. 2 Rear control arm on the Conquest

  1. Raise and support the rear end on jackstands. Allow the wheels to hang freely.
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  3. Remove the rear wheels.
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  5. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the lower arm.
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  7. Disconnect the stabilizer bar.
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  9. Unbolt the lower control arm from the axleshaft housing.
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  11. Unbolt the lower control arm from the front support.
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  13. Unbolt the lower control arm from the crossmember and remove it.
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  15. Install the control arm to the crossmember, front support and housing.
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  17. Connect the stabilizer bar. Insert the brake cable into the retaining clip.
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  19. Attach the wheels and lower the vehicle.
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  21. Apply a thin coating of chassis lube to the cutout portion of the lower control arm-to-axleshaft housing shaft. Do not allow the grease to touch the bushings.
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  23. Insert the shaft with the mark on its head facing downward. When positioning the lower control arm on the crossmember, align the mark on the crossmember with the line on the plate. Torque the lower control arm-to-front support bolts to 108 ft. lbs.; the arm-to-crossmember bolts to 108 ft. lbs.; the arm-to-axleshaft housing bolts to 60 ft. lbs.; the arm locking pin to 15 ft. lbs.
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  25. Have the rear wheel alignment checked.
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