Question about 1999 Dodge Caravan
The section of frame where the lower control arm bolts on (cast aluminum?) has excessive wear; Is this a 'critical' problem? Is strong and intact where the large bolt holding the lower control arm goes through. Is there a replacement part for this front-end frame attachment?
If your sure its stout It should be ok my? is what caused it has to be some thing louse or bent.
Posted on Apr 19, 2013
Testimonial: "Thanks Dan. Regarding your ?- I recently (Oct.) had ball joints and tie-rod ends replaced, and neglected to get an alignment done, though I was told to have it done soon. Then delivered on very bad roads all winter. Getting lower control arms replaced(also front brakes)then alignment immediately. Again, thanks a bunch!"
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Coil Spring Rear Suspension
Fig. Checking wheel bearings for excessive play
NOTE The rear wheel bearings are non-adjustable. If the wheel bearing is out of specifications, replace the wheel bearing.
Removal & Installation
Fig. Removing the oil seal (inner)-LS 430
Fig. Removing the oil seal (outer)-LS 430
Snapring from inside the axle housing Bearing from the axle housing
Fig. Installing the oil seal (outer)-LS 430
Backing plate to the axle housing. Do NOT install the bolts or nuts at this time. Inner race (inside) to the axle housing Axle hub to the axle housing Backing plate in position. Tighten the bolts and nuts to 43 ft. lbs. (59 Nm). New oil seal (inner) to the axle housing. Coat the oil seal lip with multipurpose grease.
Fig. Installing the oil seal (inner)-LS 430
New dust deflector. Be sure to align the hose for the ABS speed sensor in the dust deflector and axle carrier. Upper control arm to the axle carrier by installing the nut. Tighten the nut to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm). Axle carrier and upper control arm to the vehicle as an assembly 2 upper control arm set bolts and tighten the bolts to 121 ft. lbs. (164 Nm) Bolt and nut holding the strut to the axle carrier. Tighten to 101 ft. lbs. (137 Nm). Bolt and nut connecting the No. 2 lower control arm to the axle carrier. Tighten the bolt to 60 ft. lbs. (81 Nm). Nut and adjusting cam to hold the No. 2 lower control arm to the body. Align the adjusting cam marks and tighten the nut to 57 ft. lbs. (78 Nm). Stabilizer bar link to the No. 2 lower control arm and tighten the nut to 48 ft. lbs. (65 Nm) No. 1 lower control arm to the axle carrier and body. Install the nut to hold the No. 1 lower control arm to the axle carrier. Tighten the nut to 43 ft. lbs. (59 Nm). Nut and adjusting cam to hold the No. 1 lower control arm to the body. Align the matchmarks and tighten the nut to 57 ft. lbs. (78 Nm). Strut rod to the axle carrier and body. Install the bolt and nut to hold the strut rod to the body. Tighten to 57 ft. lbs. (78 Nm). Bolt and nut to hold the strut rod to the axle carrier. Tighten to 136 ft. lbs. (184 Nm) Parking brake shoes and cable Outboard joint side of the halfshaft and align the matchmarks on the side gear shaft and the halfshaft. Coat the threads with clean oil and install the hexagon bolts. Tighten bolts to 61 ft. lbs. (83 Nm). Suspension member brace with the 2 bolts. Tighten the 2 bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm). Nut to hold the halfshaft to the rear axle. Tighten the nut to 213 ft. lbs. (289 Nm). Lock cap and cotter pin Brake disc to the axle hub with the matchmarks aligned. Install the 2 screws and tighten the screws to 48 inch lbs. (5 Nm). Brake caliper to the vehicle and install the 2 bolts. Tighten the bolts to 77 ft. lbs. (104 Nm). ABS speed sensor and wiring harness Height control sensor link with the matchmarks aligned. Tighten the nut to 48 inch lbs. (5 Nm). Rear wheel(s) Negative battery cable
Fig. Exploded view rear carrier assembly, hub and bearing-
Fig. Exploded view rear Axle carrier and hub assembly-ES 330
Removal & Installation
Strut & Coil Spring
Removal & Installation
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