Renault Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1985 Repair Guide

Upper Control Arm

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The Alliance and Encore have no upper control arm.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



LeCar


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Fig. Fig. 1 Install a nut (1), to be used as a locknut, on the upper arm hinge pin-LeCar models



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Fig. Fig. 2 Drive the upper arm hinge bolt out of the control arm-LeCar models

  1. Remove the coolant expansion bottle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the ignition coil.
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  5. Raise and support the front end on jackstands. Disconnect the ball joint.
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  7. Screw a nut, to be used as a locknut, on the front end of the control arm hinge pin.
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  9. Hold the locknut and remove the nut from the opposite end of the hinge pin.
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  11. Drive the hinge pin forward and out of the control arm.
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  13. Remove the arm.
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  15. Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the hinge nuts to 70 ft. lb.
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All Models Except LeCar, Alliance and Encore


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Fig. Fig. 3 Tilt the arm upward while rotating the lower shock end to remove or install the upper control arm-all models except the LeCar

  1. Raise and support the car on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the castor tie rod.
  4.  
  5. Remove the sway bar.
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  7. Using a ball joint separator, disconnect the ball joint.
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  9. Disconnect the tie-rod ball joint.
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  11. Unbolt and remove the upper arm hinge pin.
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  13. Disconnect the shock absorber lower end.
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  15. Tilt the arm upward to free the ball joint and free the other end from the shock absorber.
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  17. Installation is the reverse of removal. Install the arm on the shock absorber first, then the upper ball joint followed by the tie rod ball joint. Hand-tighten the nuts. Install the hinge pin, liberally coated with chassis lube and hand-tighten the nuts. Install the sway bar; hand-tighten the nuts. Attach the castor tie rod. NOW, tighten all nuts:
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Upper Ball Joint-47 ft. lb.
 
Control Arm Hinge Pin Nuts-70 ft. lb.
 
Lower Shock Absorber Nuts-55 ft. lb.
 
Tie Rod Ball Joint-48 ft. lb.
 
Sway Bar-20 ft. lb.
 
Cater Link Nut-60 ft. lb.
 

 
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