GM Camaro 1982-1992 Repair Guide

Coil Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



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Fig. Fig. 1: Removing the coil spring

  1. Raise the front of the vehicle and support it on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the road wheel(s).
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  5. Disconnect the stabilizer link from the lower control arm.
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  7. If the steering gear hinders removal procedures, detach the unit and move it out of the way.
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  9. Disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle using a ball joint remover.
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  11. Using an internal fit coil spring compressor, compress the coil spring so that it is loose in its seat.
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CAUTION
Be sure to follow manufacturer's instructions when using spring compressor. Coil springs in a compressed state contain enormous energy which, if released accidentally, could cause serious injury.

  1. To remove the coil spring, disconnect the lower control arm from the crossmember at the pivot bolts. If additional clearance is necessary, disconnect the lower control arm from the steering knuckle at the ball joint.
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To install:
  1. Compress the coil spring until spring height is the same as when removed, then position the spring on the control arm. Make sure the lower end of the coil spring is properly positioned in the lower control arm and that the upper end fits correctly in its pad.
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  3. Connect the lower control arm from the steering knuckle at the ball joint. Connect the lower control arm from the crossmember at the pivot bolts and install the coil spring.
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  5. Connect the tie rod to the steering knuckle.
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  7. Attach the steering gear unit.
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  9. Connect the stabilizer link to the lower control arm.
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  11. Install the wheel(s).
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  13. Lower the vehicle.
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