REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 5
All suspension fasteners are important in that they could affect the performance of vital parts and systems, and/or could result in major service expense. Any part must be replaced with one of the same part number or with an exact equivalent. Do not use a replacement part of lesser quality or substitute design. Torque values must be used as specified during assembly to ensure proper retention.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Disconnect the stabilizer bar link from the lower arm, if equipped.
- Remove the shock absorber. Remove the steering link from the pitman arm.
- Using spring compressor tool D78P-5110-A or equivalent, compress the spring.
- Mark the position of the upper and lower coil ends on the spring seats.
- Remove the 2 lower arm pivot bolts, disengage the lower arm from the frame crossmember and remove the spring.
- Loosen the forcing nut to relieve the spring tension and remove the tools from the spring.
- Assemble the spring in the compressor. Position the spring in its seat and align the coil ends with the marks made earlier. Slowly allow the spring to expand into place.
- Remove the spring compressor.
- Install the shock absorber into place, securing with the hardware. Tighten the attaching bolts to 11-16 ft. lbs (17-21 Nm).
- Position the steering link to the pitman arm and tighten into place.
- If equipped with a stabilizer bar, reinstall to the lower control arm, making sure the bolts are installed with the heads facing up.
- Lower the vehicle.