REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 and 2
This procedure requires the use of special tools to properly compress the spring for removal. Do NOT attempt this procedure without the proper tools!
- Raise and support the vehicle safely. Position the supports so the front suspension hangs freely.
- Remove both front tire and wheel assemblies.
Do not use corrosive cleaning agents, engine degreasers or solvents near the fiberglass front spring, or extensive damage could occur to the spring assembly.
For 1988-96 vehicles, perform the following:
- Unfasten the retaining nuts and bolts, then disconnect both shock absorbers from the lower control arms.
- Remove the nuts and bolts, then disconnect the stabilizer shaft links from both lower control arms.
- If equipped with ABS, detach the wheel speed sensor electrical connectors, then remove the speed sensor wire from the bracket.
- Remove the spring protectors.
- Compress the front leaf springs using tool J-33432 and adapters J-33432-88 or a suitable equivalent tool, then compress the spring.
- Disconnect the lower control arms from the steering knuckles by separating the ball joints from the knuckle bores.
- Remove the spring retainer nuts and retainers, then carefully release the spring compression and remove the tools.
- With the aid of an assistant, pull both lower control arms downward to release the spring ends from the lower control arms.
- Remove the spring and retainer shims from the vehicle. Use care not to scratch or damage the spring and note the number, types (color) and positions of the shims.
- Lubricate the spring pads with an appropriate lubricant.
- Carefully install the retainer shims and the spring. Be careful not to scratch the spring and be sure to use the correct number and type of shims.
- With the aid of an assistant, pull both lower control arms downward while seating the spring ends into the lower control arms.
- Using the J-33432 and J-33432-88 or equivalents, compress the spring.
- Install the retainers and hand-tighten the retainer nuts. Install both lower control arm ball joints into the steering knuckles. The ball joints must be positioned so the cotter pins can be inserted from the rear to the front of the vehicle.
- Install both lower control arm ball stud washers and nuts. Tighten the hex nut to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm), then insert a new cotter pin. If necessary tighten the nut additionally in order to insert the pin, but do not exceed a total torque of 88 ft. lbs. (120 Nm) and do not back off the original torque.
- Install the cotter pins from the rear to the front of the vehicle.
- Release and remove the spring compression tools.
- Install both spring protectors and tighten the bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
- Install the wheel speed sensor connector, cable and/or bracket, as applicable.
- If removed, install the stabilizer shaft links, bolts and nuts to the lower control arm. Make sure the link bolts are properly positioning, then hand-tighten the nuts.
- If removed, connect both shock absorbers to the lower control arms and tighten the lower mounting nuts to 19 ft. lbs. (26 Nm).
- Use jackstands to hold the suspension at proper trim height, then tighten the spring retainer nuts to 46 ft. lbs. (63 Nm) and the stabilizer shaft link nuts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
- Remove the jackstand supports, then install the tire and wheel assemblies.
- Lower the vehicle, then have the front end alignment checked and adjusted, as necessary.