REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 and 2
The coil spring replacement is a dangerous procedure and requires the use of a special tools and cautions. If not certain of this procedure or if the proper tools aren't available, it is recommend you not perform this operation.
- Raise and support the vehicle safely. Support the vehicle so the control arms hang free.
- Remove rear wheel and tire assemblies.
- If equipped with ELC, disconnect the ELC height sensor on the right control arm and/or the parking brake cable retaining clip on the left control arm.
- Unfasten the rear stabilizer shaft from the bracket on the knuckle.
The coil spring removal tool MUST be secured to the jack or personal injury could occur!
- Place a proper coil spring removal tool securely on a transmission jack and position it to cradle the control arm bushings.
- Place a chain around the spring and through the control arm as a safety measure, then raise the jack to remove the tension from the control arm pivot bolts.
- Remove the pivot bolt and nut from the rear of the control arm.
- Slowly, maneuver the jack to relieve tension from the front control arm pivot bolt.
- Lower the jack to allow the control arm to pivot downward.
Do not apply force to the control arm and/or ball joint to remove the spring. Proper maneuvering of the spring will allow for easy removal.
- When all the compression is removed from the spring, remove the safety chain, spring and the insulators.
- Inspect the insulators carefully and replace them if they are cut or worn. If the vehicle has over 50,000 miles (80,450 km).
- Snap the upper insulator on the spring prior to installation.
- Position the lower insulator and spring in the vehicle. Install the coil springs so the upper end of the springs are positioned properly, as shown in the accompanying figure.