REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
If one arm requires replacement, replace the other one also. If the vehicle is equipped with a rear stabilizer bar, remove the bar.
- Raise the vehicle and safely support the body at the rear crossmember.
- Lower the vehicle until the rear shocks are fully extended.
The axle must be supported by a transmission jack or jackstands.
- Place a transmission jack under the lower control arm-to-axle pivot bolt. Remove and discard the bolt and nut. Lower the transmission slowly until the coil spring can be removed.
- Remove and discard the lower control arm-to-frame pivot bolt and nut, then remove the lower control arm.
- Position the lower control arm into the front arm bracket. Insert a new arm-to-frame pivot bolt and nut with the nut facing outwards. Do not tighten at this time.
- Install the coil spring. Holding the spring into position, use the transmission jack under the rear of the lower control arm. Raise the jack until the arm is in position. Insert a new, arm-to-axle pivot bolt and nut with the nut facing outward. Do not tighten at this time.
- Lower the transmission jack. Raise the axle with a suitable jack to curb height. Tighten the lower arm front bolt to 80-105 ft. lbs. (108-142 Nm) and the rear pivot bolt to 70-100 ft. lbs. (95-135 Nm).
- If equipped, install the rear stabilizer bar.
- Remove the crossmember supports, then carefully lower the vehicle.
See Figure 1
- Raise and safely support vehicle on jackstands.
- Remove the rear coil spring as outlined previously in this section.
- Remove the inner control arm pivot bolts and nuts and remove arm assembly.
- Remove the toe compensating link from control arm.
- Inspect all fasteners for pitting, corrosion, stretching, thread conditioning, etc. Reuse fasteners only if in good condition.
If the plastic cap on the large nut, used on the inner front part of control arm, is damaged, loose or missing, replace the nut.
- Install the toe compensating link on control arm.
- Place lower control arm on subframe, install bolts and nuts loosely.
- Tighten the toe compensating link nut to 110-148 ft. lbs. (149-201 Nm).
- Install the coil spring and attach outer lower control arm as previously described.
- Carefully lower the vehicle, then have the alignment checked.