REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4
This procedure applies to 4WD vehicles only. Refer to the overhaul section of the MacPherson strut procedures for coil spring removal on other models.
- 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.
- Remove the rear wheel(s).
- Remove the bolt securing the shock absorber to the axle housing.
- Remove the bolts holding the sway bar brackets to the axle housing.
- Disconnect the lateral control rod from the rear axle housing by removing the attaching bolt/nut.
- 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
- Withdraw the coil spring, complete with its insulators.
- Inspect the coil spring and insulators for wear and cracks, or weakness; replace either or both as necessary.
- Install the lower insulator on the axle housing, then put the upper insulator on the coil spring.
- 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.
- Connect the lateral control rod. Tighten the nut/bolt until it is just snug.
- Connect the shock absorber to the rear axle housing. Torque the bolt to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm).
- Connect the sway bar to the axle housing.
- Remove the stands, then lower the vehicle and bounce it to stabilize the suspension.
- Torque the lateral control rod nut/bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).