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    Chrysler Cirrus/Stratus/Sebring/Avenger/Breeze 1995-1998

    Lower Control Arm

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    REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



    Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring Convertible and Breeze

    See Figures 1 through 7

    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    2.  
    3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    4.  
    5. Remove the front wheels and tires.
    6.  



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    Fig. Fig. 1: If equipped with 15 inch wheels, remove the ball joint heat shield



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    Fig. Fig. 2: Pull out the lower ball joint cotter pin



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    Fig. Fig. 3: Loosen the castle nut ...



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    Fig. Fig. 4: ... then remove it from the ball stud

    1. If equipped with 15 in. wheels, the heat shield will need to be removed before the lower control arm can be separated from the steering knuckle.
    2.  
    3. Remove the cotter pin and castle nut from the lower ball joint stud.
    4.  
    5. Remove the sway bar attaching bolts from both control arms.
    6.  
    7. Disconnect the strut clevis from the lower control arm.
    8.  
    9. Loosen the sway bar-to-crossmember attaching bolts and rotate the sway bar away from the control arm.
    10.  
    11. Using a hammer, strike the steering knuckle boss to separate the lower control arm from the knuckle.
    12.  



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    Fig. Fig. 5: To loosen the lower ball joint stud from the steering knuckle, strike the steering knuckle boss with a hammer



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    Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the lower control arm's rear attaching bolt and nut at the front crossmember



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    Fig. Fig. 7: Remove the lower control arm's front attaching bolt and nut at the front crossmember

    1. Remove the 2 control arm attaching bolts (first the one at the rear, and then the one at the front of the control arm).
    2.  
    3. Remove the front of the control arm from the front crossmember, then remove the rear of the control arm. Keep the control arm as level as possible, so that the rear bushing will not bind on the crossmember.
    4.  

    To install:
    1. Install the control arm into the vehicle, beginning with the rear portion.
    2.  
    3. Install the 2 control arm attaching bolts and nuts.
    4.  

    Do not tighten the front attaching bolt at this time.

    1. Tighten the rear control arm attaching bolt to 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm).
    2.  
    3. Install the control arm to the steering knuckle and tighten to 55 ft. lbs. (74 Nm). Install the ball joint heat shield, if equipped.
    4.  
    5. Rotate the sway bar up to the control arms.
    6.  
    7. Install the sway bar attaching bolts.
    8.  
    9. Tighten the sway bar link bolts to 77 ft. lbs. (105 Nm).
    10.  
    11. Install the strut clevis bolt finger-tight.
    12.  
    13. Lower the vehicle and support the weight of the vehicle with jackstands placed underneath the lower control arms, but not under the ball joint.
    14.  
    15. Tighten the clevis-to-control arm bolt to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm).
    16.  
    17. Tighten the front lower control arm nut and bolt to 135 ft. lbs. (182 Nm).
    18.  
    19. Tighten the sway bar-to-crossmember attaching bolts 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
    20.  
    21. Reinstall the wheels and tires.
    22.  
    23. Lower the vehicle.
    24.  
    25. Connect the negative battery cable.
    26.  

    Sebring Coupe and Avenger

    Lateral Lower Arm

    See Figure 8

    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    2.  
    3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    4.  
    5. Remove the appropriate wheel assembly.
    6.  
    7. Remove the stay bracket from the crossmember.
    8.  
    9. Using ball joint separator MB991113, or equivalent, disconnect the ball joint stud from the steering knuckle.
    10.  
    11. Remove the through-bolt, connecting the damper fork to the lower control arm.
    12.  
    13. Remove the mounting bolt connecting the lower control arm to the suspension crossmember.
    14.  
    15. Remove the lower control arm from the vehicle.
    16.  



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    Fig. Fig. 8: Exploded view of the lateral and compression lower control arm assemblies

    To install:
    1. When installing the control arm, temporarily tighten the nuts and/or bolts securing the control arm to the suspension crossmember. Tighten them fully only after the vehicle is sitting on its wheels.
    2.  
    3. Connect the damper fork to the lower control arm and tighten the through-bolt to 64 ft. lbs. (88 Nm).
    4.  
    5. Connect the ball joint stud to the knuckle and tighten the nut to 43-51 ft. lbs. (59-71 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
    6.  
    7. Connect the stay bracket to the crossmember and tighten the mounting bolts to 51-58 ft. lbs. (69-78 Nm).
    8.  
    9. Install the wheels and lower the vehicle to the floor.
    10.  
    11. Once the full weight of the vehicle is on the suspension, tighten the inner lower arm mounting bolt nut to 71-85 ft. lbs. (98-118 Nm).
    12.  
    13. Connect the negative battery cable.
    14.  
    15. Check the front end alignment and adjust as required.
    16.  

    Compression Lower Arm

    See Figure 8

    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    2.  
    3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
    4.  
    5. Remove the appropriate wheel assembly.
    6.  
    7. Using ball joint separator MB991113 or equivalent, disconnect the ball joint stud from the steering knuckle.
    8.  
    9. Remove the mounting bolts connecting the lower control arm to the suspension crossmember.
    10.  

    To install:
    1. Connect the control arm to the suspension crossmember, and tighten the bolts to 60 ft. lbs. (83 Nm).
    2.  
    3. Connect the ball joint stud to the knuckle and tighten the nut to 43-51 ft. lbs. (59-71 Nm).
    4.  
    5. Install the wheels and lower the vehicle to the floor.
    6.  
    7. Connect the negative battery cable.
    8.  
    9. Check the front end alignment and adjust as required.
    10.  

    Control Arm Bushing Replacement

    Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring Convertible and Breeze
    Front Isolator Bushing

    See Figure 9

    1. Remove the lower control arm from the vehicle, as previously outlined. If possible, mount the control arm in a vise.
    2.  
    3. Install bushing remover tool 6602-5 and bushing receiver tool MB-990799, or their equivalents, on a suitable C-clamp, such as part C-4212-F or equivalent.
    4.  
    5. Position the bushing remover and receiver tools on either side of the bushing. Be sure that the receiver tool is square on the lower control arm and that the remover tool is positioned correctly on the isolator bushing.
    6.  
    7. Tighten the screw on the C-clamp to press the front bushing out of the lower control arm.
    8.  



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    Fig. Fig. 9: Removing the front bushing from the lower control arm

    To install:
    1. Mount bushing installer tool 6876 or equivalent on the stationary part of the base of the C-clamp.
    2.  
    3. Mount bushing stopper tool 6758 or equivalent on the screw portion of the C-clamp.
    4.  
    5. Start the front bushing into the lower control arm by hand, making sure it is square with its mounting hole. The bushing is to be installed in the lower control arm from the machined surface side of the hole.
    6.  
    7. Position the bushing installer and stopper tools on either side of the bushing. Make sure that the stopper tool is square on the control arm, and that the installer tool is positioned correctly on the bushing.
    8.  
    9. Tighten the screw of the C-clamp, pressing the front bushing into the lower control arm until the installer tool is flush on the machined surface of the lower control arm. This will correctly position the front bushing in the lower control arm. Remove the C-clamp from the control arm.
    10.  
    11. Install the lower control arm in the vehicle, as previously outlined.
    12.  

    Rear Isolator Bushing

    See Figure 10

    1. Remove the lower control arm from the vehicle, as previously outlined. If possible, mount the control arm in a vise.
    2.  
    3. Install bushing remover tool 6756 and bushing receiver tool C-4366-2, or their equivalents, on a suitable C-clamp, such as tool C-4212-F or equivalent.
    4.  
    5. Position the bushing remover and receiver tools on either side of the bushing. Be sure that the receiver tool is square on the lower control arm and that the remover tool is positioned correctly on the isolator bushing.
    6.  
    7. Tighten the screw on the C-clamp to press the rear bushing out of the lower control arm.
    8.  



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    Fig. Fig. 10: Removing the rear bushing from the lower control arm

    To install:
    1. Install the rear bushing into the lower control arm by hand, making sure it is square with the mounting hole. The bushing is to be installed from the machined surface side of the lower control arm bushing hole, with the void in the bushing pointing away from the ball joint.
    2.  
    3. Mount bushing installer tool 6760 on the screw portion of the C-clamp.
    4.  
    5. Mount bushing stopper tool 6756 or equivalent on the stationary part of the C-clamp.
    6.  
    7. Position the bushing installer and stopper tools on either side of the bushing. Make sure that the stopper tool is square on the control arm, and that the installer tool is positioned correctly on the bushing.
    8.  
    9. Tighten the screw of the C-clamp, pressing the rear bushing into the lower control arm. Continue to press until the bushing is sitting flush on the machined surface of the lower control arm. This will correctly position the rear bushing in the lower control arm. Remove the C-clamp from the control arm.
    10.  
    11. Install the lower control arm in the vehicle, as previously outlined.
    12.  

    Control Arm Clevis Bushing

    See Figure 11

    1. Remove the lower control arm from the vehicle, as previously outlined. If possible, mount the control arm in a vise.
    2.  
    3. Install bushing remover tool 6877 and bushing receiver tool 6876, or their equivalents, on a suitable C-clamp, such as tool C-4212-F or equivalent.
    4.  
    5. Position the bushing remover and receiver tools on either side of the bushing. Be sure that the receiver tool is square on the lower control arm and that the remover tool is positioned correctly on the clevis bushing.
    6.  
    7. Tighten the screw on the C-clamp to press the clevis bushing out of the lower control arm.
    8.  



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    Fig. Fig. 11: Removing the clevis bushing from the lower control arm

    To install:
    1. Install the clevis bushing into the lower control arm by hand, making sure it is square with the mounting hole. The bushing is to be installed from the machined surface side of the hole.
    2.  
    3. Mount bushing installer tool 6877 or equivalent on the screw portion of the C-clamp.
    4.  
    5. Mount bushing stopper tool 6876 or equivalent on the stationary part of the C-clamp.
    6.  
    7. Position the bushing installer and stopper tools on either side of the bushing. Make sure that the stopper tool is square on the control arm, and that the installer tool is positioned correctly on the bushing.
    8.  
    9. Tighten the screw of the C-clamp, pressing the clevis bushing into the lower control arm. Continue to press until the bushing is sitting flush on the machined surface of the lower control arm. This will correctly position the clevis bushing in the lower control arm. Remove the C-clamp from the control arm.
    10.  
    11. Install the lower control arm in the vehicle, as previously outlined.
    12.  

    Sebring Coupe and Avenger

    The lower control arm bushings on the Sebring coupe and Avenger models are not serviceable. If they are worn out or damaged, the lateral and/or compression lower arm(s) must be replaced.

     
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