Toyota Cressida and Van 1983-1990

Coil Spring and Shock Absorber

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the 4 link rear suspension-Cressida

  1. Raise and support the rear axle housing and frame safely. Be sure to leave the jack under the rear axle.
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  3. Remove the bolt holding the shock absorber to the rear axle housing and disconnect the shock absorber.
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  5. Remove the nut holding the shock absorber to the body and remove the shock absorber. It may be necessary to use a suitable tool to hold the shock absorber so as to be able to remove the retaining nut.
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  7. Remove the bolts holding the stabilizer bar brackets to the rear axle housing.
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  9. Remove the nut holding the lateral control rod to the rear axle housing and disconnect the lateral control rod.
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  11. Start to lower the rear axle. Be careful not to pull the brake line and parking brake cable. While lowering the rear axle housing, remove the coil spring and the upper and lower 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. Install the coil spring.
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  5. Check the position of the lower insulator, by jacking up the rear axle housing and checking to see that the lower insulator is installed correctly. If the insulator in not installed correctly, reinstall the coil spring.
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  7. Install the lateral control rod, but do not tighten the nut.
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  9. Install the shock absorber to the body and tighten the retaining nut to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
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  11. Connect the shock absorber to the rear axle housing with the retaining nut and tighten the nut to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm).
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  13. Install the stabilizer bar bushing brackets to the rear axle housing.
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  15. Remove the jack stands and bounce the car to stabilize the suspension.
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  17. Raise the axle housing until the body is free from the jack stands and tighten the lateral control rod nut to 43 ft. lbs. (59 Nm).
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