Volvo Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1970-1989 Repair Guide

Upper Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



On all models, always fully install the control arm, bounce the suspension several times, and THEN tighten the control arm-to-control arm shaft nuts.

1800 Series
  1. Loosen the front wheel lugs, raise the car, support it on jackstands under the lower control arm and remove the wheel.
  2.  
  3. Remove the control arm-to-cross shaft nuts and clamps.
  4.  
  5. Remove the nuts at the spindle end, the bolts for the ball joint and lift off the control arm.
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To install:
  1. Position the new control arm and ball joint assembly. Fit the clamps and torque the nuts to 14-18 ft. lbs. (19-24 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Reassemble the other parts.
  4.  

140 and 160 Series
  1. Loosen the wheel lugs, raise the front end, support it on jackstands and remove the wheel.
  2.  
  3. Loosen, but do not remove, the upper ball joint nut. Remove the ball joint by tapping on the steering knuckle around the ball joint pin.
  4.  
  5. Remove the nut and suspend the upper end of the knuckle to avoid straining the brake hose.
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  7. Disconnect the control arm from the cross shaft. Take note of the number and position of the shims.
  8.  

To install:
  1. Place the new control arm in position and attach the bolts by hand. Fit the shims into their exact previous positions.
  2.  
  3. Tighten the nuts for the crosshaft to 40-45 ft. lbs. (54-61 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Reinstall the upper ball joint in the steering knuckle and tighten the nut.
  6.  
  7. Install the wheel. Lower the vehicle and tighten the lugs to 85-90 ft. lbs. (115-122 Nm).
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