REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
- Raise and support the truck under the frame rails. The control arms should hang free.
- Disconnect the shock absorber at the lower end and move it aside. Disconnect the stabilizer bar from the lower control arm.
- Support the cross-shaft and install a spring compressor or chain the spring to the control arm as a safety precaution.
- Raise the jack to remove the tension from the lower control arm cross-shaft. Remove the two U-bolts securing the cross-shaft to the crossmember.
The cross-shaft and lower control arm keeps the coil spring compressed. Use care when you lower the assembly.
- Slowly release the jack and lower the control arm until the spring can be removed. Be sure that all compression is relieved from the spring.
- Remove the spring.
- Installation is the reverse of removal, with the following recommendations: Position the control arm cross-shaft on the crossmember and install the U-bolts. Be sure that the front indexing hole in the cross-shaft is aligned with the crossmember attaching saddle stud.
- Have the front suspension alignment checked. Torque the U-bolts to 110 ft. lbs. on 3 /4 and 1 ton models; all other trucks 85 ft. lbs.