Toyota Celica/Supra 1971-1985 Repair Guide

Coil Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9



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Fig. Fig. 1: Raise the rear of the vehicle, then support the body with jackstands



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the bolt securing the rear shock absorber to the axle housing



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the bolts securing the stabilizer bracket



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the nut retaining the lateral control rod to the axle housing



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Fig. Fig. 5: Lower the rear axle and remove the coil spring



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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the lower spring insulator from the axle ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... and the upper insulator on the spring. Check them for damage and wear



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Fig. Fig. 8: Make sure that the lower insulator and spring are positioned correctly



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Fig. Fig. 9: Bounce the car when all the components are installed to stabilize the suspension

  1. Jack up the rear axle housing of the vehicle and support the body with stands. Leave the jack under the rear axle.
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  3. Remove the bolt holding the shock to the rear axle housing, then disconnect the shock. Use a screwdriver to keep the bolt from turning.
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If you are replacing the shock, remove the nut holding the shock to the body, then remove the shock.

  1. Remove the bolts holding the stabilizer bar brackets to the rear axle housing.
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  3. Remove the nut holding the lateral control rod to the rear housing and disconnect the lateral control rod.
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  5. Start to lower the rear axle housing, being careful not to pull on the brake line and parking brake cable.
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  7. While holding the rear axle housing, remove the oil spring and upper and lower the insulators.
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To install:
  1. Put the lower insulator on the axle housing.
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  3. Put the upper insulator on the coil spring.
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  5. Install the coil spring.
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  7. 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.
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  9. Install the lateral control rod on the rear axle housing but do not tighten the nut.
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  11. 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).
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  13. Install the stabilizer bar bushing brackets to the rear axle.
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  15. Remove the stands and bounce the car to stabilize the suspension.
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  17. Tighten the lateral control rod nut to 43 ft. lbs. (58 Nm).
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