REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
We recommend replacement of the springs in sets for added safety and reliabilityLeaf Springs
- Loosen the rear wheel lug nuts.
- Raise the rear of the vehicle. Support the frame and rear axle housing with stands.
- Remove the lug nuts and the wheel.
- Remove the cotter pin (if so equipped), nut, and washer from the lower end of the shock absorber.
- Detach the shock absorber from the spring seat pivot pin.
- Remove the parking brake cable clamp.
Remove the parking brake equalizer, if necessary
- Unfasten the U-bolt nuts and remove the spring seat assemblies.
- Adjust the height of the rear axle housing so that the weight of the rear axle is removed from the rear springs.
- Unfasten the spring shackle retaining nuts. Withdraw the spring shackle inner plate. Carefully pry out the spring shackle with a bar.
- Remove the spring bracket pin from the front end of the spring hanger and remove the rubber bushings.
- Remove the spring.
Use care not to damage the hydraulic brake line or the parking brake cableTo install:
- Install the rubber bushings in the eye of the spring.
- Align the eye of the spring with the spring hanger bracket and drive the pin through the bracket holes and rubber bushings.
Use soapy water as lubricant, if necessary, to aid in pin installation. Never use oil or grease
- Finger-tighten the spring hanger nuts and/or bolts.
- Install the rubber bushings in the spring eye at the opposite end of the spring.
- Raise the free end of the spring. Install the spring shackle through the bushings and the bracket.
- Fit the shackle inner plate and finger-tighten the retaining nuts.
- Center the bolt head in the hole which is provided in the spring seat on the axle housing.
- Fit the U-bolts over the axle housing. Install the lower spring seat.
- Tighten all retaining nuts and bolts.
Some models have two sets of nuts, while others have a nut and lockwasher
- Install the parking brake cable clamp. Install the equalizer, if it was removed.
- Install the shock absorber end at the spring seat. Tighten the nuts to the specified torque.
- Install the wheel and lug nuts. Lower the car to the ground.
- Bounce the car several times. Recheck that all retaining nuts and bolts are tight.
See Figure 1
- Remove the hubcap and loosen the lug nuts.
- Jack up the rear axle housing and support the frame with jackstands. Leave the jack in place under the rear axle housing.
- Remove the lug nuts and wheel.
- Unfasten the lower shock absorber end.
- If equipped with a stabilizer bar; remove the bracket bolts.
- Slowly lower the jack under the rear axle housing until the axle is at the bottom of its travel.
- Withdraw the coil spring, complete with its insulator.
- Inspect the coil spring and insulator for wear and cracks, or weakness; replace either or both as necessary.
- Installation is performed in the reverse order of removal. When reconnecting the stabilizer bar, tighten the bolts finger-tight. When the car is lowered, bounce it a few times to stabilize the rear suspension. Raise the rear axle housing until the body weight rests on the suspension and then re-tighten the nut to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).