Rendezvous 2006-2007

Coil Springs

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Removal & Installation



With Axle

CAUTION
When removing the rear springs, do not use a twin-post type hoist. The swing arch tendency of the rear axle assembly when certain fasteners are removed may cause it to slip from the hoist which may cause personal injury.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Use the utility stand in order to support the center of the rear axle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the shock absorber lower bolts and nuts.
  6.  
  7. Remove the rear axle tie rod from the rear axle.
    NOTE
    Do not suspend the rear axle by the brake hoses. Damage to the brake hoses may result.

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  9. Use the utility stand in order to lower the rear axle.
    NOTE
    Care should be taken to avoid chipping or scratching the coating when handling the suspension coil spring. Damage to the coating can cause premature failure.

  10.  
  11. Remove the springs and the insulators.
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To install:


NOTE
Care should be taken to avoid chipping or scratching the coating when handling the suspension coil spring. Damage to the coating can cause premature failure.


NOTE
Position the spring so that the paint stripe (6) is facing rearward and centered to the shock absorber.

  1. Install the springs and the insulators to the rear axle.
  2.  
  3. Use the utility stand in order to raise the rear axle.
  4.  
  5. Install the rear axle tie rod to the rear axle.
  6.  
  7. Install the shock absorbers to the rear axle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the utility stand.
  10.  
  11. Lower the vehicle.
  12.  

Without Axle
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear wheels.
  6.  
  7. Inspect the rear ball joints.
  8.  
  9. Remove the brake caliper and support the brake caliper. Do not disconnect the brake hose.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the tie rod from the knuckle.
  12.  
  13. Use a utility stand in order to support the lower control arm.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the height sensor link from the lower control arm as necessary.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the speed sensor harness from the control arm.
  18.  
  19. Remove the speed sensor connector mounting bracket.
  20.  
  21. Remove the stabilizer shaft link from the lower control arm.
  22.  
  23. Disconnect the shock absorber from the lower control arm, as necessary.
  24.  
  25. Use the J 41820 in order to disconnect the ball joint from the knuckle.
  26.  
  27. Remove the lower ball joint nut.
  28.  
  29. Use the utility stand in order to lower the lower control arm and relieve the coil spring tension.
  30.  
  31. Remove the utility stand.
    NOTE
    Care should be taken to avoid chipping or scratching the spring coating when handling the rear suspension coil spring. Damage to the coating can cause premature failure.

  32.  
  33. Carefully remove the coil spring.
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To install:

  1. Install the spring jounce bumper to the spring.
  2.  
  3. Index and install the spring insulator to the spring. 
  4.  
  5. Index and install the spring assembly to the control arms. 
  6.  
  7. Use the utility stand in order to raise the lower control arm.
  8.  
  9. Install the lower ball joint to the knuckle.
  10.  
  11. Install the lower ball joint nut and tighten the lower ball joint nut to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm) plus 130 degrees, as necessary.
  12.  
  13. Install the stabilizer shaft link to the lower control arm.
  14.  
  15. Connect the tie rod to the knuckle.
  16.  
  17. Install the speed sensor connector mounting bracket.
  18.  
  19. Connect the speed sensor harness to the control arm.
  20.  
  21. Connect the speed sensor harnesses.
  22.  
  23. Connect the shock absorber to the lower control arm, as necessary.
  24.  
  25. Connect the height sensor link to the lower control arm, as necessary.
  26.  
  27. Install the brake caliper.
    NOTE
    Maintain proper rear park brake cable routing and clearances. Verify the rear park brake cables have a minimum of 10 mm and a maximum of 12 mm of clearance to the wheel drive shafts. Maintain this clearance using retention straps or equivalent retention.

  28.  
  29. Install the rear wheel.
  30.  
  31. Lower the vehicle.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the coil spring assembly

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