REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Raise the vehicle and support it safely with jackstands placed beneath the frame rear lift points or under the rear bumper support brackets.
- Support the rear axle assembly by placing a hydraulic floor jack under the differential housing.
- Remove the nut and bolt retaining the shock absorber to the axle mount on the lower control arm. Disconnect the shock absorber from the axle bracket.
- Carefully lower the rear axle until the coil springs are no longer under compression.
- Remove the nut securing the lower retainer and spring to the control arm.
- Remove the bolt securing the upper retainer and spring to the frame.
- Remove the spring and retainers, then remove the upper and lower insulators.
- Before installing the spring, first make sure the axle is in the lowered (spring unloaded) position. Place the lower insulator on the control arm and the upper insulator at the top of the spring.
- Install the coil spring in position between the control arm and vehicle frame. The small diameter, tapered coils (white colored) must face upward.
- Install the upper retainer and bolt, then tighten the bolt to 30-40 ft. lbs. (40-55 Nm).
- Install the lower retainer and nut, then tighten the nut to 41-65 ft. lbs. (55-88 Nm).
- Raise the axle to the normal ride position with the hydraulic floor jack.
- Position the shock absorber in the axle bracket, then install the bolt so the head is positioned outboard of the bracket. Install the nut and tighten it to 41-65 ft. lbs. (55-88 Nm).
- Remove the jackstands and lower the vehicle.