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    Toyota Camry 1983-1996 Repair Guide

    Suspension Arms

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    REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



    See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4



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    Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the rear suspension components-1983-86 models



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    Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the rear suspension components-4WD models



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    Fig. Fig. 3: Exploded view of the rear suspension arms and strut rod-1992-96 models

    1983-86 Models
    1. Loosen the rear wheel lug nuts. Raise the rear of the vehicle with a floor jack and support the body with safety stands. Remove the rear wheels.
    2.  
    3. Remove the nut and bolt that connects the No. 2 suspension arm to the axle carrier.
    4.  
    5. Note and record the position of the cam plate mark, then remove the nut and bolt that connects the No. 2 suspension arm to the body. Remove the No. 2 suspension arm.
    6.  
    7. On 1984-86 vehicles, remove the nut, retainer and cushion that connects the No. 1 suspension arm to the stabilizer bar link. Discard the nut and purchase a new one.
    8.  
    9. Disconnect the No. 1 suspension arm from the axle carrier by removing the nut and bolt. Remove the nut and bolt that connects the No. 2 suspension arm to the body.
    10.  
    11. Press the old side body bushing from the No. 1 suspension arm and press in a new bushing. The new bushing need not be lubricated to install it.
    12.  
    13. To install, engage the No. 1 suspension arm with the body and install the nut and bolt so that it is finger tight. The lip of the nut should be resting on the flange of the bracket and not over it.
    14.  
    15. On 1984-86 vehicles, connect the stabilizer link to the No. 1 suspension arm with the cushions, retainers and the new nut. Tighten the nut to 11 ft. lbs. (16 Nm).
    16.  
    17. Engage the No. 1 suspension arm with the axle carrier and install the nut and bolt so that they are finger tight. When doing this, insert the lip of the nut into the hole in the arm.
    18.  
    19. Position the No. 2 suspension arm onto the body and temporarily install the cam and bolt.
    20.  
    21. Align the cam plate mark with its original position. Temporarily install the nut and bolt that connects the suspension arm to the body.
    22.  
    23. Install the rear wheels and remove the safety stands.
    24.  
    25. Lower the vehicle and bounce the rear end a few to times to allow the rear suspension to stabilize.
    26.  
    27. Now that the vehicle weight is on the suspension, tighten all the previously finger tightened bolts to 64 ft. lbs. (87 Nm).
    28.  
    29. Have the rear alignment checked.
    30.  

    1987-91 Models
    1. Raise the vehicle and support safely. Remove the rear wheels.
    2.  
    3. Remove the nut from the axle carrier. Remove the mounting bolts from the strut rod and disconnect from the carrier.
    4.  
    5. Disconnect the Load Sensing Proportioning Valve (LSPV) spring from the lower arm if equipped.
    6.  
    7. Disconnect No. 1 and No. 2 suspension arms from the axle carrier.
    8.  
    9. Remove the fasteners and pull the fuel tank protector down from the vehicle.
    10.  
    11. Place matchmarks on the toe adjust cam and suspension member.
    12.  
    13. Remove the service hole cover(s). Loosen the bolt and remove the toe adjust plate No. 2.
    14.  
    15. Remove the bolt with toe adjust cam, disconnect the No. 2 suspension arm and remove from the vehicle.
    16.  
    17. Remove the nut retainer from the body and remove the No. 1 suspension arm.
    18.  

    To install:
    1. Install the stamped suspension arm No. 1 with the identification mark L for left and R for right on the proper side. Temporarily install the suspension arms with the bolt, washer and nut. Do not tighten at this time. Install with the bushing slit side towards the rear.
    2.  



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    Fig. Fig. 4: An identification mark is stamped into the rear suspension arm on some models

    1. Face the paint mark on the No. 2 suspension arms toward the rear of the vehicle. Install the bushing with the slit side towards the rear of the vehicle.
    2.  
    3. Loosely install the bolt into the axle carrier. Connect the Load Sensing Proportioning Valve (LSPV) spring to the lower arm and tighten to 9 ft. lbs. (13 Nm).
    4.  
    5. Connect the strut bar to the axle carrier and temporarily install the bolt and nut.
    6.  
    7. Install the fuel tank protector, rear wheels and lower the vehicle. Bounce the suspension up and down a few times.
    8.  
    9. Tighten the strut rod bolts to 83 ft. lbs. (113 Nm) and the suspension arm nuts (inside and outside) to 134 ft. lbs. (181 Nm).
    10.  
    11. Have the rear wheel alignment checked.
    12.  

    199296 Models

    See Figures 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11



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    Fig. Fig. 5: View of the No. 1 and No. 2 rear lower arms



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    Fig. Fig. 6: A large bolt running through the knuckle secures the No.1 and No. 2 arms



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    Fig. Fig. 7: The rear stabilizer bar is attaches on both sides at these two locations

    1. Raise the vehicle and support safely. Remove the rear wheel.
    2.  
    3. Remove the nut from the axle carrier. Remove the mounting bolts from the strut rod and disconnect from the carrier.
    4.  



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    Fig. Fig. 8: The strut rod runs from the front to the back of the suspension

    1. Disconnect the Load Sensing Proportioning Valve (LSPV) spring from the lower arm if equipped.
    2.  



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    Fig. Fig. 9: Disconnect the Load Sensing Proportioning Valve (LSPV) spring from the lower arm

    1. Remove the No. 2 arm by removing the 3 nuts and washers.
    2.  
    3. Remove the right and left stabilizer bar bushing retainers.
    4.  
    5. Remove the exhaust center and tail pipes.
    6.  
    7. Suppoer the suspension member with a jack. Remove the 6 nuts a and the left and right suspension member lower stopper. Lower the suspension member.
    8.  
    9. Remove the No. 1 arm with the 2 bolts and washer.
    10.  

    To install:
    1. Install the No. 1 arm with the washer and two bolts. Face the paint mark towards the rear. Do not tighten at this time.
    2.  



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    Fig. Fig. 10: A paint mark is located on some rear suspension arms to shown installation direction-1992-96 models

    1. Jack up the suspension member. Install the member lower supports and the six nuts. Tighten nut A to 83 ft. lbs. and B to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
    2.  



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    Fig. Fig. 11: Location of bolts A and B

    1. Install the exhaust system and the left and right stabilizer bar retainers. Tighten the retainer bolts to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm).
    2.  
    3. Face the paint mark on the No. 2 suspension arm toward the rear of the vehicle. Temporarily install the two lock nuts..
    4.  
    5. Connect the Load Sensing Proportioning Valve (LSPV) spring to the lower arm and tighten to 9 ft. lbs. (13 Nm).
    6.  
    7. Connect the strut bar to the axle carrier and temporarily install the bolt and nut.
    8.  
    9. Tighten the nut on the outside of the lower arms to 134 ft. lbs. (181 Nm).
    10.  
    11. Install the rear wheels and lower the vehicle. Bounce the suspension up and down a few times.
    12.  
    13. Jack up the vehicle and support the body with stands.
    14.  
    15. Remove the rear wheel. Support the rear axle carrier with a jack. Tighten the nut on the outside of the lower arm to 134 ft. lbs. (181 Nm). Tighten the strut rod set bolts to 83 ft. lbs. (113 Nm).
    16.  
    17. Install the rear wheel and lower the vehicle. Tighten the lug nuts.
    18.  
    19. Inspect and adjust the rear wheel alignment.
    20.  
    21. Tighten the No. 2 lower arm and locknuts to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm) if necessary.
    22.  

     
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