Montana, Silhouette, Venture 2000-2005

Control Arms & Links

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Removal & Installation



Lower Control Arm
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Rear the rear wheel.
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  5. Remove the disc brake caliper and support the brake caliper. Do not disconnect the brake hose. For additional information, refer to the following section, -Brake Caliper, Removal & Installation.-
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  7. Use a suitable jack to support the lower control arm.
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  9. Disconnect the height sensor link from the lower control arm, if equipped.
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  11. Disconnect the speed sensor harness from the lower control arm.
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  13. Disconnect the speed sensor connector.
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  15. Remove the speed sensor connecting mounting bracket.
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  17. Remove the stabilizer link from the lower control arm.
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  19. Disconnect the lower shock absorber from the lower control arm.
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  21. Use Special Tool J-41820 Ball Joint Separator to disconnect the ball joint from the knuckle and remove the lower ball joint nut.
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  23. Using the jack, slowly lower the control arm to relieve the tension on the coil spring and remove the jack.
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  25. Remove the coil spring.
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  27. Matchmark the lower control arm at the cam indicator.

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    Fig. Matchmark the lower control arm at the indicator (1) before removing-Rear suspension

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  29. Remove the lower control arm-to-crossmember mounting bolts to remove the lower control arm.
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To install:

  1. Install the lower control arm to the crossmember. Tighten the mounting bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
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  3. Install the cam bolt and washer to the lower control arm. Align the cam indicator with the mark previously made on the lower control arm.
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  5. Install the cam nut and tighten to 107 ft. lbs. (145 Nm).
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  7. Install the rear coil spring assembly to the control. Using a suitable jack, slowly raise the lower control arm.
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  9. Install the lower ball joint to the wheel knuckle and tighten the nut to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm) plus an additional 130°.
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  11. Install the stabilizer link to the lower control arm.
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  13. The remainder of the installation is the reverse order of removal.
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Upper Control Arm
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. 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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  7. Remove the disc brake caliper and support the brake caliper. Do not disconnect the brake hose. For additional information, refer to the following section, -Brake Caliper, Removal & Installation.-
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  9. Detach the park brake cable from the park brake actuator and the park brake ca