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    Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1989-1996 Repair Guide

    Upper Control Arm

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    REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



    Any time the control arm is removed, it is necessary to have the front suspension aligned.

    Pick-Up and Ramcharger

    See Figure 1

    1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
    2.  
    3. Remove the shock absorber.
    4.  
    5. Remove the strut bar and disconnect the sway bar from the lower control arm, if equipped.
    6.  



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    Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the upper control arm assembly-Ram Pick-up and Ramcharger models

    1. Install spring compressor tool DD-1278, or equivalent to the coil spring and tighten the nut finger-tight. Then back off half a turn.
    2.  
    3. Remove the cotter pin and upper ball joint nut. Suspend the assembly with a wire so there is not excessive pull on the brake hose.
    4.  
    5. Release the upper ball joint taper using ball stud loosening tool C-3564-A, or equivalent.
    6.  
    7. Remove the tool and remove the ball stud from the control arm.
    8.  
    9. Remove the cam bolt assemblies and remove the arm from the vehicle.
    10.  

    To install:
    1. Install the arm to the frame rail bracket and install the retaining bolts.
    2.  
    3. Tighten the ball joint nut to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm). Install a new cotter pin. Remove the spring compressor.
    4.  
    5. Install the strut bar and connect the sway bar from the lower control arm, if equipped.
    6.  
    7. Install the shock absorber.
    8.  
    9. Roughly align the front end, then tighten the cam bolts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
    10.  
    11. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
    12.  

    Dakota

    2WD MODELS

    See Figure 2

    1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
    2.  
    3. Remove the shock absorber.
    4.  
    5. Disconnect the sway bar from the lower control arm, if equipped.
    6.  
    7. Install spring compressor tool DD-1278, or equivalent to the coil spring and tighten the nut finger-tight, then back off half a turn.
    8.  



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    Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the upper control arm assembly-Dakota models

    1. Remove the cotter pin and upper ball joint nut. Suspend the rotor assembly with a wire so there is not excessive pull on the brake hose.
    2.  
    3. Release the upper ball joint taper using ball stud loosening tool C-3564-A, or equivalent.
    4.  
    5. Remove the tool and remove the ball stud from the control arm.
    6.  
    7. Remove the pivot bar retaining bolts and remove the arm from the vehicle.
    8.  

    To install:
    1. Install the arm to the frame rail bracket and install the retaining bolts.
    2.  
    3. Tighten the ball joint nut to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm). Install a new cotter pin. Remove the spring compressor.
    4.  
    5. Connect the sway bar from the lower control arm, if equipped.
    6.  
    7. Install the shock absorber.
    8.  
    9. Roughly align the front end, then tighten the cam bolts to 155 ft. lbs. (210 Nm).
    10.  
    11. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
    12.  

    4WD MODELS
    1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
    2.  
    3. Remove the CV driveshaft from the vehicle.
    4.  
    5. Turn the torsion bar adjustment nut counterclockwise to relieve all tension from the torsion bar. Remove the screws that attach the brake hose bracket to the upper arm. Remove the shock absorber.
    6.  
    7. Remove the cotter pin from the upper ball stud, then remove the retaining nut.
    8.  
    9. Release the upper ball joint taper using ball stud loosening tool C-3564-A, or equivalent. Remove the tool. Remove the ball stud from the steering knuckle.
    10.  
    11. Remove the pivot bar retaining bolts.
    12.  
    13. Remove the arm from the vehicle.
    14.  

    To install:
    1. Position the arm at the frame rail bracket.
    2.  
    3. Install the pivot arm nuts and bolts.
    4.  
    5. Insert the upper ball stud in the steering knuckle arm bore and install the nut. Tighten the nut to 105 ft. lbs. (142 Nm) and install a new cotter pin. Install the shock absorber and attach the brake hose bracket.
    6.  
    7. Turn the torsion bar adjustment nut clockwise to apply a load on the bar.
    8.  
    9. Install the CV driveshaft and all related parts.
    10.  
    11. Lower the vehicle.
    12.  
    13. Set the front suspension height. The difference between the distance from the surface that the tires are on to the lower control arm inner pivot and the distance that the tires are on to the outer end of the arm is 1-1 1 / 2 in. (25-38mm).
    14.  
    15. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
    16.  

    BUSHING REPLACEMENT



    1994-96 Pick-ups do not have replaceable bushings.

    1. Remove the upper control arm.
    2.  
    3. Place the upper control arm in a vice and assemble Remover/Installer tool No C-3962, or equivalent and adapter No. SP-3953, or equivalent over the bushing. Tighten the nuts and force the bushings out of the arm bore.
    4.  

    To install:

    Be sure the control arm is supported firmly at the area where the bushing is being forced in. Do not use any lubricant to aid in the installation.

    1. Position the flange end of the replacement bushing in the Remover/Installer tool No C-3962, or equivalent. Support the control arm firmly and force the bushing in the control arm bore (from outside). Tighten until the flange end is seated on the arm.
    2.  
    3. Install the control arm.
    4.  

     
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