Toyota Celica 1986-1993 Repair Guide

Lower Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1986-89 Models
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the front wheels. Do NOT place the stands under the control arms or the suspension crossmember.
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Fig. Fig. 1 Removing lower suspension arm shaft1986-89 Celica except left shaft with AT



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Fig. Fig. 2 Installing suspension lower crossmember1986-89 Celica shown



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Fig. Fig. 3 Installing lower suspension arm shaft1986-89 Celica except left shaft with AT

  1. Disconnect the lower suspension arm from the steering knuckle.
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  3. Disconnect stabilizer bar link from lower suspension arm.
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  5. On lower suspension arms except the left side with automatic transaxle, remove the lower arm front setting nut and washer. Remove the lower arm rear bracket bolts, then remove the arm.
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  7. On the left side on vehicles with automatic transaxle, remove the lower arm front nut and washer. Remove the suspension lower crossmember. Remove the nut and bolt, then the lower arm with the shaft.
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  9. If necessary on lower arms except on vehicles with automatic transaxles, remove the 4 bolts and 2 nuts, then the suspension lower crossmember. Remove the bolt and nut, then remove the lower arm shaft.
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To install:

  1. Except on the left arm on vehicles with automatic transaxles, install the lower arm shaft, torquing the nut and bolt on the left side or the bolt on the right side to 153 ft. lbs. (207 Nm). Install the suspension lower crossmember and torque the 4 bolts and 2 nuts: torque A to 153 ft. lbs. (207 Nm) and B to 29 ft. lbs (39 Nm).
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  3. On the other lower suspension arms, install the washer to the lower arm shaft with the tapered side towards the body. Install the lower arm with the lower arm rear bracket and temporarily install the washer and nut to the lower arm shaft and rear bracket bolts.
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  5. On the left side on vehicles with automatic transaxles:
    1. Install the washer to the lower suspension arm shaft and install them to the lower arm. Temporarily install the washer and nut to the lower arm shaft with the tapered side towards the body.
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    3. Install the lower arm with the lower arm shaft to the body and temporarily install the rear arm bracket bolts.
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    5. Install and torque the bolt and nut to the lower arm shaft to 153 ft. lbs. (207 Nm).
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    7. Install the lower crossmember to the body, torquing the 4 bolts and 2 nuts: torque A to 153 ft. lbs. (207 Nm) and B to 29 ft. lbs (39 Nm).
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  7. Connect the lower arm to the steering knuckle, torquing the fasteners to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
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  9. Connect the stabilizer link to the arm, torquing the nut to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
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  11. Install the wheels and lower the vehicle.
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  13. Torque the front setting nut to 156 ft. lbs. (212 Nm) and rear bracket bolts to 72 ft. lbs. (98 Nm).
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  15. Have the front wheel alignment checked.
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1990-93 Models
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the front wheels. Do NOT place the stands under the control arms or the suspension crossmember.
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Fig. Fig. 4 Front lower suspension components1990-93 Celica shown



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Fig. Fig. 5 Replacing lower control arm bushings1990-93 Celica shown



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Fig. Fig. 6 Installing lower suspension arm1990-93 Celica except left arm with A/T



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Fig. Fig. 7 Installing lower suspension arm1990-93 Celica left arm with A/T

  1. Disconnect the lower suspension arm from the steering knuckle.
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  3. Disconnect stabilizer bar link from lower suspension arm. Remove the lower arm front nut and washer.
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  5. On lower suspension arms except the left side with automatic transaxle, remove the 2 bolts and lower arm damper plate. Remove the lower arm rear bracket bolts, then remove the arm.
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  7. On the left side on vehicles with automatic transaxle, remove the suspension lower crossmember. Remove the bolts and remove the damper plate. Remove the nut and bolt, then the lower arm with the shaft.
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  9. If necessary on lower arms except on vehicles with automatic transaxles, remove the 4 bolts and 2 nuts, then the suspension lower crossmember. Remove the nut, then remove the lower arm shaft.
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To install:

  1. Except on the left arm on vehicles with automatic transaxles, install the lower arm shaft, torquing the front side nut to 112 ft. lbs. (152 Nm). Install the suspension lower crossmember and torque the 4 bolts and 2 nuts to 112 ft. lbs. (152 Nm).
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  3. On the other lower suspension arms, install the washer to the lower arm shaft with the tapered side towards the body. Install the lower arm with the lower arm rear bracket and temporarily install the washer and nut to the lower arm shaft and rear bracket bolts, torquing the bolts to 72 ft. lbs. (98 Nm).
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  5. On the left side on vehicles with automatic transaxles:
    1. Install the washer to the lower suspension arm shaft with the tapered side towards the body.
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    3. Install the lower arm with the lower arm shaft to the body and temporarily install the front washer and nut.
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    5. Install the lower arm to the body, then install and torque the front side arm shaft nut to 112 ft. lbs. (152 Nm).
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    7. Install the rear bracket bolts, torquing to 72 ft. lbs. (98 Nm).
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    9. Install the crossmember and torque the fasteners to 112 ft. lbs. (152 (Nm).
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  7. Install the lower damper plate, torquing the fasteners to 48 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
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  9. Connect the lower arm to the knuckle and torque the fasteners to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm). Connect the stabilizer link to the arm, torquing the nut to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
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  11. Install the wheels and lower the vehicle. Bounce the vehicle to stabilize the suspension.
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  13. Torque the front setting nut to 156 ft. lbs. (212 Nm) and rear nut to 101 ft. lbs. (137 Nm).
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  15. Have the front wheel alignment checked.
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CONTROL ARM BRUSHING REPLACMENT



The procedure listed below pertains to a control arm that has been removed from the vehicle. Follow the appropriate procedure in this section for specific removal and installation instructions.

  1. Remove the nut and bushing and washer, if equipped.
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  3. Install the new bushing.
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  5. On 1990-93 vehicles, temporarily install the nut. On 1986-89 vehicles, torque the nut to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm).
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  7. Install the control arm onto the vehicle and torque all fasteners as outlined in the appropriate installation procedure.
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