GM Caprice 1990-1993 Repair Guide

Coil Springs

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Fig. Fig. 1: Removing and installing coil spring using compressor



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Fig. Fig. 2: Proper coil spring positioning during installation

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  3. Disconnect the ABS wheel speed sensor, if equipped, and secure aside.
  4.  
  5. Remove the wheel and shock absorber.
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  7. Remove the stabilizer linkage nut, retainer and linkage from the lower control arm.
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  9. Remove the steering knuckle from the tie rod end, using a suitable puller tool.
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  11. Install a universal spring compressor and compress the spring.
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  13. Support the lower control arm and remove the lower control arm to frame bolts.
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  15. Pivot the lower control arm rearward and remove the compressor and spring.
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To install:
  1. Properly position the spring onto the lower control arm, using spring compressor tool.
  2.  
  3. Position the control arm into the frame and install the pivot bolts but wait until the suspension is fully loaded (wheels on the ground) before tightening the pivot bolts. With the front bolt installed continue from front to rear.
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  5. Remove the spring compressor tool, install the steering knuckle to tie rod end and tighten the nut to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
  6.  
  7. Remove the support from the lower control arm and install the stabilizer linkage and tighten the bolt/nut to 13 ft. lbs. (17 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the shock absorber. Tighten the lower attaching bolts to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm) and the upper attaching nut to 97 inch lbs. (11 Nm).
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  11. Install the ABS wheel speed sensor, if equipped.
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  13. Install the wheel and lower the vehicle.
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  15. Tighten the wheel lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (140 Nm) and the lower control arm nuts to 92 ft. lbs. (125 Nm).
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