REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
- Jack up the rear axle housing of the vehicle and support the body with stands. Leave the jack under the rear axle.
- Remove the bolt holding the shock to the rear axle housing, then disconnect the shock. Use a screwdriver to keep the bolt from turning.
If you are replacing the shock, remove the nut holding the shock to the body, then remove the shock.
- Remove the bolts holding the stabilizer bar brackets to the rear axle housing.
- Remove the nut holding the lateral control rod to the rear housing and disconnect the lateral control rod.
- Start to lower the rear axle housing, being careful not to pull on the brake line and parking brake cable.
- While holding the rear axle housing, remove the oil spring and upper and lower the insulators.
- Put the lower insulator on the axle housing.
- Put the upper insulator on the coil spring.
- Install the coil spring.
- Jack up the rear axle housing. Check that the lower insulator is installed correctly. If the insulator is not in the correct position, reinstall the coil spring.
- Install the lateral control rod on the rear axle housing but do not tighten the nut.
- Connect the shock to the body with the nut. Hold the bolt with a screwdriver and tighten to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm). Connect the shock to the rear axle housing with the nut. Tighten the nut to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm).
- Install the stabilizer bar bushing brackets to the rear axle.
- Remove the stands and bounce the car to stabilize the suspension.
- Tighten the lateral control rod nut to 43 ft. lbs. (58 Nm).