Mazda Trucks 1972-1986 Repair Guide

Coil Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION 1972-84 Vehicles




CAUTION
The spring is under a great deal of tension! It's best to use a coil spring compressor when removing the spring. Mishandling the spring could cause it to fly out of its mounting, causing a great deal of personal damage!

  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands under the frame.
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  3. Remove the wheel.
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  5. Remove the shock absorber. Install the spring compressor.
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  7. Remove the stabilizer bar.
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  9. Support the lower arm with a floor jack.
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  11. Disconnect the upper and lower ball joints from the knuckle by removing the cotter pins and nuts and separating the ball joints with a ball joint separator tool.
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  13. Remove the upper control arm as described below.
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  15. Slowly lower the jack and remove the spring. Release the compressor to remove spring tension.
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  17. Installation is the reverse of removal. It's best to replace springs in pairs, however, spacers are available to equalize road height.
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