REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Place a floor jack under the lower control arm. Raise the lower control arm to the curb position.
If a twin-post lift is used, the vehicle must be supported on the jackstands placed under the jack pads of the underbody.
- Remove the wheel(s).
- Remove the nuts from the control arm-to-body mounting and the control arm-to-spindle mounting. Do not remove the bolts at this time.
- Remove and discard the spindle end mounting bolt. Slowly the lower control arm with the floor jack until the spring insulator and spring can be removed.
- Remove and discard the bolt from the body end and remove the control arm from vehicle.
- Attach the lower control arm-to-body bracket using a new bolt and nut. The head of the bolt should face the front of the vehicle. Do not tighten the bolt at this time.
- The spring insulator must be replaced when servicing the spring.
- Index the insulator on the spring and press insulator downward until it snaps into place. Place spring in spring pocket in lower control arm. Make sure spring is properly indexed.
- Using a floor jack, raise lower control arm until it is in line with mounting hole in the spindle.
- Install lower control arm to spindle using a new bolt, nut and washers. Do not tighten at this time. Bolt head should face the front of the vehicle.
- Using the floor jack, raise lower control arm to curb height.
- Tighten control arm-to-spindle bolt to 90-100 ft. lbs. (122-135 Nm) on 1981-85 models and 60-80 ft. lbs. (81-109 Nm) on 1985 1 / 2 -90 models.
- Tighten control arm-to-body bolt to 65-75 ft. lbs. (88-102 Nm) on 1981-85 models and 52-74 ft. lbs. (70-100 Nm) on 1985 1 / 2 -90 models.
- Install the tire and wheel.
- Remove the floor jack and lower the vehicle.