This procedure applies to 1987-94 models.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 and 2
On models equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) or "air bag,'' work must NOT be started until at least 90 seconds have passed from the time that both the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position and the negative cable is disconnected from the battery.
The suspension on any vehicle is assembled with high grade, hardened fasteners. NEVER substitute a fastener of inferior load rating when assembling a suspension component!
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Raise the rear of the vehicle, then support the body with jackstands. Remove the wheels.
- Disconnect and plug the brake lines from the wheel cylinders.
- Disengage the attaching clips, then remove the brake lines/hoses from the axle beam.
- Remove the brake shoes, then disengage the parking brake cable from the backing plate. Refer to the appropriate procedures in this repair guide.
- Remove the brake backing plate, if necessary.
- Remove the lateral control rod.
- Make sure all hoses, cables or lines are disconnected from the axle beam.
- Support the axle beam with a jack, then remove the nut/bolts attaching the strut assemblies to the axle beam.
- Remove the nuts/bolts securing the axle beam assembly to the body, then carefully lower and remove the axle beam.
- Position the axle beam in place, then install the attaching bolts/nuts. Tighten the nuts until just snug.
- Connect the strut assemblies to the axle beam. Tighten the nuts until just snug.
- Install the lateral control rod. Tighten the nuts until just snug.
- Install the rear brake components, then connect the lines.
- Install the wheels, then lower the vehicle and bounce it to stabilize the suspension.
- Torque the axle beam-to-body bolts to 105 ft. lbs. (142 Nm). Refer to the appropriate procedures for the lateral control rod and strut assembly torque specifications.
- Bleed the brake system.