Removal & Installation
The spindle rods are the suspension members that run from the rear suspension support in the middle of the vehicle to the wheel knuckle. There is a front and rear spindle rod on each side of the vehicle. The procedure is similar for both rods.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
Lower the rear suspension support to gain clearance to the spindle rod-to-knuckle bolt. Use the following procedure:
- Remove the exhaust pipe.
- Disengage the hydraulic brake lines from the suspension support.
- Disconnect the parking brake cables from the suspension support.
- Disconnect the stabilizer shaft (sway bar) from the links and at the suspension support.
- Verify that the suspension support is securely support by suitable jack before removing the bolts.
- Remove the rear suspension support mounting bolts.
- Disconnect the rear wheel spindle rods at the wheel knuckle.
- Lower the rear suspension support to gain access to the inboard spindle rod bolts.
- With the spindle rod bolts removed from the knuckle and the rear suspension support, remove the spindle rod(s) from the vehicle.
- Install the spindle rod to the rear suspension support and install the bolt. Torque the nut to 103 ft. lbs. (140 Nm).
Install the rear suspension support to the vehicle. Use the following procedure:
- Raise the support into place using the hydraulic jack used to lower it. Use care to line up the bolt holes. Install the support mounting bolts and tighten to 77 ft. lbs. (105 Nm).
- Position the spindle rod(s) to the wheel knuckle. Install the retaining bolts and nuts and torque to 110 ft. lbs. (150 Nm).
- Install the hydraulic brake lines to the suspension support.
- Connect the brake cables and the tensioner to the rear suspension support.
- Install the stabilizer shaft (sway bar) and links to the rear suspension support. More information on the stabilizer shaft may be found in this section. Tighten the bracket bolts to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
- Install the wheel and tire assembly.
- Lower the vehicle.
- Have the alignment checked and adjusted at a reputable alignment shop.