REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Raise and support the car by the frame so that the rear axle can be independently raised and lowered.
- Support the rear axle with an adjustable floorjack.
- If equipped with brake hose attaching brackets, disconnect the brackets allowing the hoses to hang free. Do not disconnect the hoses. Perform this step only if the hoses would otherwise be stretched and damaged when the axle is lowered.
- Remove the lower shock absorber bolts, then carefully lower the rear axle. Make sure the axle is supported securely on the floor jack and that there is no chance of the axle slipping after the shock absorbers are disconnected.
Make sure that the brake hoses are not stretched.
- Lower the axle and remove the upper insulator.
- Remove the spring assembly.
The springs are painted with a protective coating. Take care to avoid damaging this coating. If the coating is chipped or damaged, replace it before reusing the spring.To install:
- Position the spring on the axle with the open lower end facing forward.
- Install the upper insulator.
- Raise the rear axle and install the lower shock absorber bolts.
- Connect the brake hose attaching brackets, if removed.
- Remove the support from the rear axle.
- Carefully lower the vehicle.