I am trying to install upper control arm on 1974 dodge dart 225
I am trying to install upper control arm on drivers side. I wanted a pictured diagram of the steering and suspension components. And a detailed description of reinstallation. It's for a 1974 dodge dart 225 slant 6, 10 inch wheels
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Hey Jim,I see that it is showing 2 types at auto part stores.You can see the return line on the one with it,the way to find out is when you change you will see.Not good to buy in advance,may have to order.
Usually a pump with a return will have a separate connection to go from the pump back to the cell. If yours has that connection ,I would put the return line back to the cell on it. A return line is nothing more than excess fuel being returned to the cell.
1Disconnect the ground battery cable using a wrench.
Loosen the front wheel lugs located on the same side of the upper ball joint you need to replace. Use a lug wrench.
Raise that same front wheel off the ground using a floor jack and support the vehicle on a jack stand.
Finish removing the tire.
Take the cotter pin off the upper ball joint stud holding the steering knuckle arm. Use a pair of nose pliers.
Remove the castle nut from the upper ball joint stud using a wrench or ratchet, ratchet extension and deep socket.
Loosen the two bolts securing the back of the upper control arm to the mounting bracket. Use a wrench to hold the bolt head as you loosen the retaining nut with a ratchet and socket.
Pull the control-arm ball joint off the steering knuckle arm. You may need to use a Pitman arm puller to free the ball joint.
Finish removing the two bolts from the back of the upper control arm and lift the upper control arm off the vehicle.
Install the New Upper Control Arm
Set the new upper control arm in place and install the two bolts and retaining nuts to secure the back of the upper control arm to the mounting bracket. Remember the bolt heads should point inward toward the shock absorber with the retaining nuts on the outside of the mounting bracket. Do not tighten the bolts yet.
11Insert the control-arm ball joint on the steering knuckle arm and start the castle nut with your hand over the ball joint stud. Do not tighten the nut yet.
Tighten the two bolts on the mounting bracket to 67-foot lbs. (91 Nm) using a torque wrench. Hold the bolts with a backup wrench as you tighten the retaining nuts with the torque wrench.
Tighten the ball-joint castle nut to 45-foot lbs. (61 Nm) using the torque wrench, ratchet extension and deep socket.
Install a new cotter pin through the joint-ball stud hole using the nose pliers. If necessary, tighten the castle nut just a few degrees to clear the stud hole through one of the castle nut slots.
Mount the tire on the wheel assembly and install the wheel lugs using the lug wrench.
Lower the vehicle and finish tightening the wheel lugs.
To access the upper control arm,
remove the shock absorber and the strut bar. Also, disconnect the sway
bar from the lower control arm, if your particular Ram model is equipped
with it. After that, you can hold the coil spring in place with a
Secure the wheel hub assembly to the chassis using a wire before you
disconnect the upper ball joint. This will prevent damage to the brake
hose. When ready, release the ball joint using a ball-stud loosening
tool (see Resources).
The upper control arm mounts to the chassis with a cam bolt assembly.
Once removed, you can place the control arm on a vise and remove the
bushings using a bushing service tool (see Resources). When installing
the new bushings, do not use any lubricant but make sure the flange on
the bushing end seats properly on the arm bore. Then re-install the
upper control arm. When finished, take your Dodge vehicle to a good shop
to align the front suspension.
Lower Control Arm Bushings
Remove the shock absorber and
strut bar. If your particular model is equipped with a sway bar,
disconnect it from the lower control arm.
Secure the coil spring with a spring compressor and release the lower
ball joint from the wheel/hub assembly using a ball stud loosening tool
Now you can release the lower control arm by removing the rear
mounting bolts. Remove the bushings with a bushing service tool (see
Resources). When installing the new bushings, do not use lubricant and
make sure they seat properly on the control arm bore. Then replace the
lower control arm. When finished, take your Dodge vehicle to a good shop
to align the front suspension