Dodge Omni/Horizon/Rampage 1978-1989 Repair Guide

Rear Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Except Pickup Models

The use of a coil spring compressor, such as Chrysler part #L-4514, is necessary.

  1. Remove the shock and spring assembly.
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  3. Install the spring compressor on the spring and place it in a vise.
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WARNING
Always grip 4 or 5 coils and never extend the retractors beyond 9 1 / 4 in. (235mm).

  1. Tighten the retractors evenly until pressure is removed from the upper spring seat.
  2.  
  3. Loosen the retaining nut.
  4.  


CAUTION
Be very careful when loosening the retaining nut. If the spring is not properly compressed, serious injury could result.

  1. Remove the lower isolator, pushrod sleeve, and upper spring seat.
  2.  
  3. Carefully slip the strut from the spring.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rebound bumper and dust shield from the strut.
  6.  
  7. Remove the lower spring seat.
  8.  
  9. Carefully and evenly, remove the compressor from the spring.
  10.  

To install:

  1. Install the compressor on the spring, gripping four or five coils.
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Fig. Fig. 1 Use a coil spring compressor to remove the spring

  1. Compress the spring.
  2.  
  3. Install the lower spring seat, dust shield and rebound bumper on the strut.
  4.  
  5. Slip the unit inside the coil spring and install the upper spring seat.
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  7. Make sure that the level surfaces on the seats are in position with the spring.
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  9. Install the sleeve on the pushrod and install the retaining nut. Tighten the nut to 20 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the lower isolator.
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  13. Install the strut and spring assembly.
  14.  

Rampage and Scamp Pickup Models
  1. Raise the vehicle and support the frame on jackstands while relieving the weight on the rear springs.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the rear brake proportioning valve spring. Disconnect the lower ends of the shock absorbers at the axle brackets.
  4.  
  5. Loosen and remove the U-bolt nuts and remove the U-bolts and spring plates.
  6.  
  7. Lower the rear axle assembly, allowing the springs to hang free.
  8.  
  9. Loosen and remove the front pivot bolt from the front spring hanger.
  10.  
  11. Loosen and remove the rear spring shackle nuts and remove the shackles from the spring.
  12.  
  13. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure, tighten the U-bolts to 601 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
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