Repair Pontiac Mid-size 1974-1983 Repair Guide

Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 When removing the front coil spring make sure the lock on the top of the spring compressor is in position whenever the tool is used



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Fig. Fig. 2 Spring compressed and ready to install



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Fig. Fig. 3 Coil spring positioning for installation


CAUTION
The coil springs are under a considerable amount of tension. Be extremely careful when removing or installing them; they can exert enough force to cause serious injury.

  1. Jack up the front end of the car, and support the car at the frame with jackstands so the control arms hang free.
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  3. Remove the shock absorber. Disconnect the stabilizer bar at the steering knuckle.
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  5. Support the inner end of the control arm with a floor jack.
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  7. Raise the jack enough to take the tension off the lower control arm pivot bolts.
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  9. Chain the spring to the lower control arm.
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  11. Remove first the rear, then the front pivot bolt.
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  13. Cautiously lower the jack until all spring tension is released.
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  15. Note the way in which the spring is installed in relation to the drain holes on the control arm and remove it.
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To install:

  1. Position the spring to the control arm and raise it into place.
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  3. Install the pivot bolts and tighten the nuts to 100 ft. lbs.
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  5. Replace the shock absorber and stabilizer bar.
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  7. Remove the jackstands, then carefully lower the vehicle.
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