GM Cutlass RWD 1970-1987 Repair Guide

Coil Spring

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




CAUTION
When removing the rear coil springs without the aid of a spring compressor, be very careful the spring does not fly out and strike someone. If a spring compressor is available, use it. The following procedure does not use a spring compressor. However, if the axle housing is lowered slowly, the spring should come out without incident.

  1. Raise the rear of the vehicle on the axle housing and support it safely on the frame rails with jackstands. Do not lower the jack yet.
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  3. Disconnect the brake line at the axle housing.
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  5. Disconnect the upper control arms at the axle housing.
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  7. Remove the shock absorber at its lower mount.
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  9. Lower the jack slowly. Do not allow the rear brake hose to become kinked or stretched.
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  11. Remove the coil spring.
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To install:
  1. Mount the coil spring in place.
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  3. Jack up the rear axle until you are able to connect the shock at its lower mount.
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  5. Install the upper control arm bolts at the axle housing and torque to 95 ft. lbs. (128 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Connect the brake line at the axle housing. Bleed the brakes.
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  9. Remove the jackstands and lower the vehicle.
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