GM Camaro 1982-1992 Repair Guide

Torque Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



The coil springs must be removed BEFORE the torque arm. If the torque arm is removed first, vehicle damage will result. In order to proceed, the vehicle must be supported in a manner which will allow the rear axle height to be adjusted independently of the body height.

  1. Remove the track bar mounting bolt at the axle assembly, then loosen the track bar bolt at the body brace.
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  3. Disconnect the rear brake hose clip at the axle assembly, which will allow additional drop of the axle.
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  5. Remove the lower attaching nuts from both rear shock absorbers.
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  7. Disconnect the shock absorbers from their lower attaching points.
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  9. On models with four cylinder engines, remove the driveshaft.
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  11. Carefully lower the rear axle assembly and remove the rear coil springs.
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CAUTION
DO NOT overstretch the brake hose when lowering the axle-damage to the hose will result.

  1. Remove the torque arm rear attaching bolts.
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  3. Remove the front torque arm outer bracket.
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  5. Remove the torque arm from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Place the torque arm in position and loosely install the rear torque arm bolts.
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  3. Install the front torque arm bracket and torque the nuts to 31 ft. lbs. (42 Nm).
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  5. Torque the rear torque arm nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
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  7. Place the rear springs and insulators in position, then raise the rear axle assembly until all of the weight is supported by the spring.
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  9. Attach the shock absorbers to the rear axle and torque the fasteners to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
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  11. Clean and reinstall the track bar mounting bolt at the axle. Torque the bolt to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
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  13. Clean and reinstall the track bar-to-body brace nut. Torque the nut to 78 ft. lbs. (105 Nm).
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  15. Install the brake line clip to the underbody.
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  17. On four cylinder models, reinstall the driveshaft.
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  19. Lower the vehicle.
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