GM Bonneville/Eighty Eight/LeSabre 1986-1999

Coil Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2


CAUTION
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.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Support the vehicle so the control arms hang free.
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  3. Remove rear wheel and tire assemblies.
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  5. 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.
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  7. Unfasten the rear stabilizer shaft from the bracket on the knuckle.
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CAUTION
The coil spring removal tool MUST be secured to the jack or personal injury could occur!

  1. Place a proper coil spring removal tool securely on a transmission jack and position it to cradle the control arm bushings.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Secure a coil spring removal tool to a transmission jack to cradle the control arm, in order to remove the spring

  1. 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.
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  3. Remove the pivot bolt and nut from the rear of the control arm.
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  5. Slowly, maneuver the jack to relieve tension from the front control arm pivot bolt.
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  7. Lower the jack to allow the control arm to pivot downward.
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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.

  1. When all the compression is removed from the spring, remove the safety chain, spring and the insulators.
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  3. Inspect the insulators carefully and replace them if they are cut or worn. If the vehicle has over 50,000 miles (80,450 km).
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To install:
  1. Snap the upper insulator on the spring prior to installation.
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  3. 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.
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