GM Corvette 1963-1982 Repair Guide

Coil Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: The coil spring must be properly positioned during installation


CAUTION
Great care should be exercised when removing springs, as the compressed force of a coil spring is potentially very dangerous.

  1. Support the car so that the control arms hang loosely.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel and tire, stabilizer bar, and shock absorber.
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  5. Loosen the lower ball joint-to-steering knuckle nut and the two, lower control arm, cross-shaft bushing bolts.
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  7. Wrap a safety chain around the lower arm and the coil spring.
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  9. Install a floor jack under the spring and slightly compress the spring.
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  11. Disconnect the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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  13. Very slowly and carefully, lower the control arm and release the spring. It may be necessary to pry the spring out of the tower.
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  15. To install, position the spring on the control arm and jack up the arm.
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  17. Install the ball joint on the steering knuckle, and remaining components in the reverse order of removal.
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