Honda Accord/Civic/Prelude 1973-1983 Repair Guide

Leaf Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

Station Wagon Only
  1. Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it on stands placed on the frame. Remove the wheels.
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  3. Remove the shock absorber lower mounting bolt.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of rear suspension-station wagon models

  1. Remove the nuts from the U-bolt and remove the U-bolts, bump rubber, and clamp bracket.
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  3. Unbolt the front and rear spring shackle bolts, remove the bolts, and remove the spring.
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To install:
  1. First position the spring on the axle and install the front and rear shackle bolts. Apply a soapy water solution to the bushings to ease installation. Do not tighten the shackle nuts yet.
  2.  
  3. Install the U-bolts, spring clamp bracket and bump rubber loosely on the axle and spring.
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  5. Install the wheels and lower the vehicle. Tighten the front and rear shackle bolts to 33 ft. lbs. Also tighten the U-bolt nuts to 33 ft. lbs., after the shackle bolts have been tightened.
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  7. Install the shock absorber to the lower mount. Tighten to 33 ft. lbs.
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