Escalade, Suburban, Tahoe, Yukon, Denali, DenaliXL, YukonXL 1999-2005

Leaf Springs

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Removal & Installation



  1. Raise the vehicle. Support the axle separately in order to eliminate any load on the springs.
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  3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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  5. Remove the shock absorber from the axle.

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    Fig. Stabilizer and link mounting details

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  7. Remove the stabilizer link from the stabilizer shaft. Using tool J6627A or equivalent, separate the stabilizer shaft from the stabilizer link.
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  9. Remove the nut, the retainer, and the insulator.
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  11. Remove the stabilizer link from the axle. Pull the link free from the axle. Do not lose the other insulator and retainer.

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    Fig. Leaf spring and axle mounting details

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  13. Remove the nuts, the washers, and the U-bolts.
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  15. Remove the spacer and the spring spacer.
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  17. Remove the leaf spring from the axle.
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  19. Remove the nut, the washer, the bolt, and the washer in order to separate the spring from the rear shackle.
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  21. Remove the nut, the washer, the bolt, and the washer in order to separate the spring from the front hanger.
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  23. Pull the leaf spring back and out.
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  25. Remove the leaf spring from the frame.
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To install:

  1. Install the leaf spring to the frame. Line up each end of the spring with the spring hangers.
    NOTE
    The double wrap end of the spring should be toward the front of the vehicle.

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  3. Attach the spring to the front spring hanger with the washers, the bolt, and the nut.
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  5. Attach the spring to the spring hanger with the washers, the bolt, and the nut.
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  7. Tighten the nut to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
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  9. Install the leaf spring to the axle.
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  11. Position the spring spacer onto the axle.
    NOTE
    Either of the aligning pins may contact the edge of the leaf spring after the assembly is complete.

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  13. Install the spacer, the U-bolts, the washers, and the nuts.
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  15. Tighten the nuts, in a diagonal sequence, to 92 ft. lbs. (125 Nm).
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  17. Install the stabilizer link (with lower retainer and insulator) to the frame.
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  19. Install the stabilizer link upper insulator, retainer, and the nut.

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    Fig. Stabilizer link bushing detail

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  21. Tighten the nut until the distance between each retainer is 38.0 mm (1.5 in).
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  23. Install the stabilizer link to the stabilizer shaft.
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  25. Install the washer and the nut.
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  27. Tighten the nut to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm).
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  29. Install the shock absorber to the axle.
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  31. Install the washer and the nut.
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  33. Tighten the nut to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
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  35. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  37. Lower the vehicle.
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  39. Check the front wheel alignment. Adjust as necessary.
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