GM Corvette 1984-1996 Repair Guide

Transverse Spring

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  3. Remove 1 wheel and tire assembly from the vehicle.
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Do not use corrosive cleaning agents, engine degreasers or solvents near the fiberglass rear spring or extensive damage could occur to the spring assembly.

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Fig. Fig. 1: View of the center of the rear spring, including the anchor plate



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Fig. Fig. 2: View of the stabilizer bar (1), axle tie rod (2) and rear spring (3)



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Fig. Fig. 3: View of the spring bolt (1) and insulators (2)

  1. For 1990-96 vehicles, install tool J-33432 or equivalent spring compressor, onto the rear transverse spring, then compress the spring.
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See Figures 4, 5 and 6

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Fig. Fig. 4: Removal of the rear transverse spring requires the use of a spring compressor on 1990-96 vehicles

  1. Remove the cotter pins, retaining nuts, insulators and spring bolts attaching the spring to the knuckles.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Exploded view of the rear transverse spring insulators and suspension bumper

  1. For 1990-96 vehicles, carefully release and remove the spring compression tool.
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  3. Remove the rear spring anchor plate bolts, then the anchor plate, spacers and insulator from the vehicle. Note the spacer positioning for installation purposes.
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  5. Remove the transverse spring from the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Exploded view of the transverse spring, differential carrier and related components-1996 vehicle shown, others similar

To install:
  1. Position the spring in the vehicle. Take care not to scratch the spring during installation.
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  3. Position the spacers as noted during removal, then install the insulators and anchor plates onto the differential carrier.
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  5. Install the anchor plate bolts and tighten to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
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  7. For 1990-96 vehicles, install the spring compression tool and compress the spring.
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  9. Position the spring to the knuckles and install the spring bolts, insulators and nuts. Tighten the nuts until slot in nut aligns with hole in bolt and install a new cotter pin.
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  11. If used, carefully release and remove the spring compression tool.
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  13. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  15. Remove the jackstands and lower the vehicle.
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