The 2wd vehicles covered by this manual use a coil spring support for the front suspension.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2 and 3
The following procedure requires the use of a coil spring removal and installation tool such as No. J-23022 or equivalent.
- Raise and support the front of the vehicle safely using jackstands so that the front wheels hang free.
- Remove the shock absorber-to-lower control arm bolts, then push the shock up through the control arm and into the spring.
- Secure a coil spring tool (such as J-23022 or equivalent), to the end of a jack, then position it to cradle the inner control arm bushings.
- Remove the stabilizer bar link from the lower control arm.
Properly remove the lower control arm pivot bolts in order to pivot the arm and remove spring:
- Raise the jack to remove the tension from the lower control arm pivot bolts.
- Install a chain around the spring and through the control arm as a safety measure.
During removal, note the direction in which the pivot bolts are mounted.
- When all of the compression is removed from the spring, remove the safety chain and the spring.
DO NOT apply force to the lower control arm and/or ball joint to remove the spring. Proper maneuvering of the spring will allow for easy removal.To install:
- Apply adhesive into the insulators groove, then position the insulators onto the top and bottom of the spring.
- Secure the coil spring tool, then position the coil spring and insulators on the lower control arm. Raise the control arm and spring assembly into position.