GM Camaro 1967-1981 Repair Guide

Coil Springs

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CAUTION
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.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: When installing the coil spring, make certain that the lower end of the spring is positioned as shown

  1. Remove the shock absorber. Disconnect the stabilizer bar.
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  3. Support the car beneath the frame with jackstands so the control arms hang free.
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  5. Support the inner end of the control arm with a floor jack. (Dealers have a device that cradles the inner bushings).
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  7. Raise the jack enough to take the tension off the lower control arm pivot bolts.
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  9. Chain the spring to the lower control arm.
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  11. Remove first the rear, then the front pivot bolt.
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  13. Cautiously lower the jack until all spring tension is released.
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  15. Note the way in which the spring is installed in relation to the drain holes on the control arm and remove it.
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  17. On installation, position the spring to the control arm and raise it into place.
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  19. Install the pivot bolts and torque the nuts to 100 ft. lbs. for all 1974 and later models. Tighten all models through 1973 to 85 ft. lbs.
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  21. Reinstall the shock absorber and stabilizer bar.
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