Tracker 2000-2004

Coil Springs

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle at the frame with a hoist or jackstand.
    CAUTION
    To prevent personal injury and/or component damage, use the proper tools to support the lower control arm when removing the coil spring. The coil spring is under extreme pressure and can become a projectile should the spring separate from the lower control arm before all of the tension is relieved.

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  5. Support the lower control arm with a jack.
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  7. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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  9. Remove the stabilizer shaft links from the lower control arms.
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  11. Remove the locking hub or drive flange, if equipped
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  13. Remove the axle shaft snapring and thrust washer, if equipped
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  15. Remove the wheel speed sensor, if equipped
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  17. Remove the ball stud nut.
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  19. Separate the lower control arm ball stud from the knuckle.
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  21. Use the jack in order to raise the control arm and disconnect the ball joint from the knuckle.
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  23. Move the knuckle and disc brake assembly away from the control arm.
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  25. While lowering the floor jack, remove the coil spring.
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  27. Remove the spring seat and the spring bumper. Inspect and replace the components if necessary.
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To install:


NOTE
The bottom of the spring has a larger diameter than the top.

  1. Install the spring bumper and the spring seat.
    NOTE
    Care should be taken to avoid chipping or scratching the coating when handling the suspension coil spring. Damage to the coating can cause premature failure.

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  3. Install the coil spring. Install the narrower diameter end to the upper spring seat and the larger diameter end to the lower control arm.
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  5. Raise the lower control arm with a jack.
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  7. Lower the jack in order to install the ball stud to the knuckle.
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  9. Install a NEW ball stud nut. Tighten the nut to 43 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
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  11. Remove the jack.
    NOTE
    DO NOT tighten the stabilizer shaft link nuts and bolts completely. The weight of the vehicle must be on the wheels and tires before tightening the nuts and bolts.

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  13. Install the wheel speed sensor, if equipped
  14.  
  15. Install the axle shaft snapring and thrust washer, if equipped
  16.  
  17. Install the locking hub or drive flange, if equipped
  18.  
  19. Install the stabilizer shaft links to the lower control arms.
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  21. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  23. Lower the vehicle.
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  25. Verify the stabilizer shaft is centered, side-to-side. Verify that the stabilizer shaft links are set at a neutral position, as seen from above. Tighten the stabilizer shaft link nut to 21 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
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  27. Check the wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.
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