REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 5
Always use extreme caution when working with coil springs. Always use the proper spring compression tools, since the springs are VERY strong and, if pressure is released suddenly (and without control), serious personal injury could result. Also, ALWAYS be sure the vehicle is very well supported when working around springs.
- Loosen the front wheel lug nuts slightly (no more than 1 / 2 turn).
- Apply the parking brake, block the rear wheels, then raise and safely support the front of the vehicle on jackstands, ensuring that the control arms hang free.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- If necessary, remove the brake caliper and suspend it with a length of wire; do NOT let the caliper hang by the brake hose. Remove the brake rotor and dust shield.
- Disconnect the tie rod end from the steering spindle. Disconnect the stabilizer bar link from the lower control arm.
- If necessary for suspension arm mounting bolt removal, remove the steering gear (rack and pinion) bolts and lower the gear out of the way to provide access.
- Remove the cotter pin and loosen the lower ball joint stud nut 1-2 turns. Do not completely remove the nut at this time. Tap the spindle boss sharply with a brass mallet to relieve the stud pressure; the lower control arm and ball joint should "pop" loose from the spindle (leaving the nut on the ball joint prevents the arm from completely disengaging from the spindle, which would allow the coil spring to jump out of the lower arm cup, possibly causing severe personal injury).
- Install a suitable spring compressor and compress the coil spring until it can be moved freely in the lower control arm seat.
For more information on coil spring compression or removal, refer to the coil spring procedure earlier in this section.
- Remove and discard the ball joint nut, then raise the entire strut and spindle assembly up and off of the ball joint stud. Wire the strut/spindle out of the way to obtain working room.
- Remove and discard the suspension arm-to-crossmember nuts and bolts. Remove the lower control arm and coil spring from the vehicle.