Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
Remove or disconnect the following:
- Install a coil spring compressor and compress the coil spring enough to relieve the tension of the spring between the upper and lower control arms.
- Remove the cotter pin and castellated nut from the lower ball joint. Separate the lower ball joint from the wheel spindle.
- Matchmark the lower control arm alignment cams for installation reference.
- Remove the lower control arm retaining nuts and bolts.
- Remove the lower control arm and the compressed coil spring as an assembly.
- Loosen the coil spring compressor and remove the coil spring from the lower control arm.
- Inspect the coil spring and replace as needed.
Place the coil spring correctly in the saddle of the lower control arm. Install the coil spring compressor and compress the coil spring. The end of the coil spring
, must cover the hole designated
and be visible in the second hole designated as
, for proper installation.
- Place the lower control arm to the frame. Install the retaining bolts, adjusting cams, and nuts.
- Align the match marks on the adjusting cams. The forward nut must be tightened first while the control arm is held at the curb position height. Tighten the nuts to 197-241 ft. lbs. (270-330 Nm).
- Install the lower ball joint stud into the wheel spindle. Install the castellated nut and tighten to 83-113 ft. lbs. (113-153 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
- Connect the sway bar link to the lower control arm. Install the bushing and retaining nut. Tighten to 15-21 ft. lbs. (21-29 Nm).
- Remove the coil spring compressor.
- Install the shock absorber. Tighten the lower bolts to 22 ft. lbs. (32 Nm) and the top nut to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
- Connect the brake hose bracket.
- Install the brake rotor splash shield. Install the 3 retaining bolts and tighten them to 90-107 inch lbs. (10-14 Nm).
- Install the disc brake rotor and caliper assemblies.
- Install the wheel and tire assembly.
- Lower the vehicle.
- Pump the brake pedal several times to position the brake pads prior to moving the vehicle.
- Check the alignment and adjust if out of specification.
- Road test the vehicle and check for proper operation.