Dodge Omni/Horizon/Rampage 1978-1989 Repair Guide

Coil Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




WARNING
A spring compressor is required to remove the spring from the strut. A crow's foot adaptor and torque wrench are also required.

  1. Remove the strut and coil assembly from the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 1 Remove the strut and coil assembly from the vehicle.

  1. Compress the spring, using a reliable coil spring compressor.
  2.  



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Fig. Fig. 2 Compress the spring, using a reliable coil spring compressor such as L-4541

  1. Hold the strut rod and remove the rod nut.
  2.  
  3. Remove the retainers and bushings.
  4.  
  5. Remove the spring.
  6.  


WARNING
Springs are not interchangeable from side to side.


CAUTION
When removing the spring from the compressor, open the compressor evenly and not more than 9 1 / 4 in. (235mm).

  1. Assembly is the reverse of disassembly in the following order:
  2.  
    1. Bumper dust shield
    2.  
    3. Spring seat
    4.  
    5. Upper spring retainer
    6.  
    7. Bearing and spacer
    8.  
    9. Mount assembly
    10.  
    11. Rebound bumper
    12.  
    13. Retainer
    14.  
    15. Rod nut
    16.  



WARNING
Tighten rod nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm) before removing the spring compressor. Use a crow's foot adaptor to tighten the nut while holding the rod with an open end wrench.



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Fig. Fig. 3 Be sure the lower coil end of the spring is securely positioned in the seat recess


WARNING
Be sure the lower coil end of the spring is securely positioned in the seat recess.

 
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