REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
The following special tools, or their equivalents, are necessary for this procedure: J-24435-1, J-24435-3, J-24435-4, J-24435-5 and J-24435-7.
- Remove the upper control arm as explained earlier in this Section.
- Remove the pivot shaft nuts and washers.
- Assemble tool J-24435-1. J-24435-3, and J-24435-7 on the control arm. Tighten the tool until the front bushing is forced out.
- Remove the pivot shaft.
- Use the forcing procedure to remove the rear bushing.
- Position the new front bushing in the arm and assemble tools J-24435-4, J-24435-5 and J-24435-7. Force the bushing into place until it is fully seated.
- Install the pivot shaft.
- Repeat the forcing procedure to install the rear bushing.
- Install the lower control arm.
- Install the nuts and washers. Tighten the nuts to 115 ft. lbs. (156 Nm).
- Install the control arm.
- Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
- Take up the weight of the suspension with a floor jack positioned under the lower control arm as near to the ball joint as possible.
- Loosen, but do not remove, the pivot shaft-to-frame nuts.
- Tape together and matchmark each shim pack's position for exact installation.
- Install a chain over the control arm, inboard of the stabilizer bar and outboard of the shock absorber to hold the control arm close to the crossmember.
- Remove the pivot shaft nuts, bolts and spacers.
- Remove the grease fittings and unscrew the bushings from the control arm.
- Remove the pivot shaft. Discard the seals.
- Install new seals on the pivot shaft.
- Slide the shaft into the arm.
- Start the bushings into the arm and center the shaft in the bushings. Hand tighten the bushings to make sure the shaft doesn't bind.
- Tighten the bushings to 190 ft. lbs. (257 Nm).
- Check the pivot shaft for free rotation.
- Install the grease fittings and lubricate the bushings.
- Position the control arm on the frame and install the shim packs, spacers, nuts and bolts. Tighten the nuts to 105 ft. lbs. (142 Nm). Have the alignment checked.