Toyota Tercel 1984-1994 Repair Guide

Coil Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4


CAUTION
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!

This procedure applies to 4WD vehicles only. Refer to the overhaul section of the MacPherson strut procedures for coil spring removal on other models.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Support the body with jackstands and the rear axle with a jack

  1. Jack up the rear axle housing, then support the frame (not rear axle housing) with jackstands. Leave the jack in place under the rear axle housing.
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  3. Remove the rear wheel(s).
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  5. Remove the bolt securing the shock absorber to the axle housing.
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  7. Remove the bolts holding the sway bar brackets to the axle housing.
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  9. Disconnect the lateral control rod from the rear axle housing by removing the attaching bolt/nut.
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  11. Slowly lower the jack under the rear axle housing until the spring tension is relieved. Be careful not to stretch the parking brake cables and brake lines. Disconnect them, if necessary
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Fig. Fig. 2: When removing the coil spring, pull the spring out, then down

  1. Withdraw the coil spring, complete with its insulators.
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To install:
  1. Inspect the coil spring and insulators for wear and cracks, or weakness; replace either or both as necessary.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Be sure to install the upper and lower spring seats

  1. Install the lower insulator on the axle housing, then put the upper insulator on the coil spring.
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  3. Install the spring. Jack up the rear axle housing and check the position of the lower insulator and spring. If incorrect, lower the axle and reposition.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Make sure the coil spring is correctly seated

  1. Connect the lateral control rod. Tighten the nut/bolt until it is just snug.
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  3. Connect the shock absorber to the rear axle housing. Torque the bolt to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm).
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  5. Connect the sway bar to the axle housing.
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  7. Remove the stands, then lower the vehicle and bounce it to stabilize the suspension.
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  9. Torque the lateral control rod nut/bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
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