See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
The coil springs are under a considerable amount of tension. Be extremely careful when removing or installing them; they can exert enough force to cause serious injury. Use only approved spring compressors for suspension servicing.
- Remove the spring as described earlier.
- Remove the ball stud from the steering knuckle as described earlier.
- Remove the control arm pivot bolts and the control arm. On later models, you may have to guide the control arm out of the splash shield, using a putty knife or similar tool to protect parts.
- Position the control arm into spring and locate the bushing-to-frame brackets. If any bolts are to be replaced, do so with bolts of equal strength and quality.
- Install the bolts and nuts loosely. Connect the control arm with the knuckle and torque the nut to 83 ft. lbs. (112 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
- With a jack supporting the lower control arm, torque the attaching bolts.
- Install the shock absorber, sway bar and wheel. Lower the vehicle and check operation.
CONTROL ARM BUSHING REPLACEMENT
- Remove the lower control arm.
- Using proper bushing removal tools remove the bushing from the control arm.
- Using suitable bushing driver tools, install the bushing onto the control arm.
- Remove the bushing driver tools and install a suitable bushing flaring tool.
- Turn the nut until the bushing is flared.
- Remove the bushing from the control arm using the proper bushing removal tools.
- Install the bushings using the appropriate tools. When properly installed, the bushings should bottom against the control arm.
- Install the control arm using the procedures above.