Dodge Omni/Horizon/Rampage 1978-1989 Repair Guide

Lower Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 1 The vehicle must be raised and properly supported before beginning any suspension work

  1. Remove the front inner pivot through-bolt, the rear stub strut nut, retainer and bushing, and the ball joint-to-steering knuckle clamp bolt.
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  3. Separate the ball joint stud from the steering knuckle by prying between the ball stud retainer on the knuckle and the lower control arm.
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WARNING
Pulling the steering knuckle out from the vehicle after releasing it from the ball joint can separate the inner CV-joint.

  1. Remove the sway bar-to-control arm nut and reinforcement and rotate the control arm over the sway bar. Remove the rear stub strut bushing, sleeve and retainer.
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Fig. Fig. 2 Exploded view of the lower control arm mounting on 1978-80 models



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Fig. Fig. 3 Exploded view of the lower control arm mounting on 1981-89 models

To install:


WARNING
The substitution of fasteners other than those of the grade originally used is not recommended.

  1. Install the retainer, bushing and sleeve on the stub strut.
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  3. Position the control arm over the sway bar and install the rear stub strut and front pivot into the crossmember.
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  5. Install the front pivot bolt and loosely install the nut.
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  7. Install the stub strut bushing and retainer and loosely assemble the nut.
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  9. Install the ball joint stud into the steering knuckle and install the clamp bolt. Tighten the clamp bolt to 50-70 ft. lbs. (68-95 Nm).
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  11. Position the sway bar bracket and stud through the control arm and install the retainer and nut. Tighten the nut to 10-25 ft. lbs. (14-34 Nm).
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  13. Lower the vehicle. With the suspension supporting the vehicle, tighten the front pivot bolts and the stub strut nuts.
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