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

Trailing Arm

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Front Wheel Drive

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the rear suspension of a 1985 Colt

  1. Support the side frame on jack stands and remove the rear wheels. Remove the rear brake assembly.
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  3. Remove the muffler and jack the control arm just enough to raise it slightly. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the arm.
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  5. Remove the shock absorber and lower the jack. Remove the coil spring.
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  7. Disconnect the brake hoses at the rear suspension arms, and remove the rear suspension from the body as an assembly.
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To install:

  1. Install the fixture-to-body bolts and tighten to 36-51 ft. lbs. on Colt models; 51-65 ft. lbs. on Vista models.
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  3. Install the coil springs and loosely install the shock absorbers. Tighten the shock absorber bolts to specification after the vehicle is lowered to the floor.
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  5. Install the rear brake assembly.
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  7. Lower the vehicle and tighten the suspension arm end nuts to 36-51 ft. lbs. on 1979-84 models; 56-70 ft. lbs. on 1985 Colt; 94-108 ft. lbs. on Vista; the shock bolts to 47-58 ft. lbs.
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  9. Install the brake drums and wheels.
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  11. Bleed the brake system and adjust the rear brake shoe clearance.
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