REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Place the steering wheel and front wheels in the centered (straight ahead) position.
Anytime the steering linkage is disconnected from the spindle, the steering system must be centered before beginning the service procedure.
- Raise the van and support it safely with jackstands placed under the frame lifting pads. A hydraulic floor jack should be placed under the control arm to raise and lower the arm during coil spring removal. Make sure the van is supported securely on the jackstands and only work on one side at a time.
- Remove the front wheel/tire assemblies from the van.
- Remove the front stabilizer bar and end link from the lower control arm, as described earlier in this section.
- Remove the coil spring as described earlier in this section.
- Remove the bolts and nuts retaining the lower control arm to the crossmember and remove the lower control arm from the frame.
- If new control arm bushings or ball joints are necessary, replace the entire lower control arm assembly.
- Position the new lower control arm assembly to the frame crossmember, then install the retaining bolts in the proper direction as illustrated. Temporarily snug the bolts, but do not tighten to the full torque specifications yet.
- Inspect the lower ball joint boot and replace it if necessary.
- Install the coil spring as described earlier in this section.
- Install the stabilizer bar and end links as described earlier in this section.
- Install the front wheels and tires to the van.
- Lower the van so that it rests in the normal ride position on a level surface.
- Tighten the lower control arm-to-crossmember mounting bolts to 187-260 ft. lbs. (254-352 Nm) for 1986-90 models, and to 100-140 ft. lbs. (136-190 Nm) for 1991-96 models.