Montana, Silhouette, Venture 2000-2005

Coil Springs

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Brake hose bracket screw from the control arm
     
    Shock absorber lower bolt while using a utility stand to support the rear axle
     
    Tie rod from the rear axle
     
    Spring and insulators after lowering the rear axle

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    Fig. Exploded view of the coil spring assembly

     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Insulators and springs on the rear axle with the paint stripe is facing rearward
     
    Rear axle tie rod after raising the rear axle into its proper position. Torque the nut to 92 ft. lbs. (125 Nm).
     
    Shock absorbers to the rear axle. Torque the upper and lower nuts to 63 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).
     
    Brake hose bracket to the control arm. Torque the bolt to 33 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
     

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  3. Remove the axle supports.
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Independent Suspension
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the wheel and tire assemblies, making location reference marks on wheel to hub and on each retainer for reinstallation reference.
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  5. Remove the brake calipers. See Disc Brakes.
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  7. Remove the parking brake cable mounting bracket. See Parking Brake.
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  9. Remove the brake caliper mounting bracket. See Disc Brakes.
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  11. Disconnect the ABS electrical connector from the wheel speed sensor.
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  13. Remove the ABS electrical connector mounting bracket.
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  15. Use the utility jack in order to support the lower control arm.
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  17. Remove the stabilizer link from the lower control arm.
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  19. Use the J 41820 in order to disconnect the ball joint from the knuckle.
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  21. Use the utility jack in order to lower the lower control arm and relieve the coil spring tension.
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  23. Remove the coil spring.

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