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Does the leaf spring need to be compressed to replace the middle bolt

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It will make it alot easer if you do but is not nessary (if the bolt is long enought), you can compress it together with a couple of C-clamps.

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1996 buick regal custom has no coil springs on rear how do i change the shocks


26083109-sgzmnh3u5bmrsfnwqwi1so0h-1-0.gif Removal:
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle with jackstands.
  3. Remove the rear wheel and tire assembly.
  4. Scribe the strut-to-knuckle for proper installation.
  5. If equipped, remove the auxiliary spring, as outlined in this section.
  6. Remove the jack pad.
  7. Install rear leaf spring compressor tool J-35778, or equivalent. Refer to the Transverse Spring Assembly procedures in this section for installation details.
  8. Fully compress the spring, but do NOT remove the retention plates or the spring.
  9. Unfasten the two strut-to-body bolts.
  10. Remove the brake hose bracket from the strut.
  11. Remove the strut and auxiliary spring upper bracket from the knuckle.
To install:
  1. Position the strut to the body and knuckle bracket.
  2. Install the strut-to-body bolts and tighten to 34 ft. lbs. (46 Nm).
  3. Install the strut to the knuckle, aligning the scribe marks and tighten the bolts to 133 ft. lbs. (180 Nm) for 1988-94 vehicles. For 1995-96 vehicles, tighten the bolts to 122 ft. lbs. (165 Nm).
  4. Install the brake hose bracket.
  5. Remove the spring compressing tool.
  6. Install the jack pad and tighten the retaining bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  7. If equipped, install the auxiliary spring.
  8. Install the wheel and tire assembly and install the lug nuts finger-tighten
  9. Carefully lower the vehicle, then tighten the lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm).
  10. Connect the negative battery cable.

Feb 05, 2016 | Buick Cars & Trucks

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How do I remove a broken leaf spring?


You will need to jack up the truck by the frame on the side that has the broken spring not by the axle. Then when the tire is off the ground loosen the leaf retention bolts that hold the spring to the axle remove the broken spring and replace it. Side note have a good set of jack stands to support the vehicle while you work on replacing the broke spring never trust a jack they can give away at any time.

Nov 02, 2015 | Dodge Ram 1500 Cars & Trucks

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For a 1990 chevy s10, the leaf springs on the right are on the ground, but everything is in tact, what do I need to do to get the bed of the truck back to normal?


  • Hi, I can help.
  • sounds like a band lost it's grip and the leafs slide back on you or the bands just broke and the leafs hit the ground.
  • You can stick a jack under the rear pumpkin and jack the truck up. You may find cutting or touching that big U-Bolt off will be easier than fighting the bolt itself.
  • Once you get the springs off you can attempt to reband them or replace the leaf springs.

  • If you have any comments please feel free to leave them here.
  • Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa.

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Aug 25, 2011 | 1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup

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Leaf spring replacement


Yes but you need two thumbs. Jack the truck and support it on the frame ahead of the axel so the axel can hang on its own weight. Remove the bolts and mount to the bad spring - remove the axel mount first, Let the axel sag and put something under the tire to help hold it. Remove the spring mount bolts to the frame and lower the spring out the rear. reinstall is the reverse --- BUT --- the new spring may not fit right in the spring mounts. Mount the front bolt first and then the rear - you may have to use a pry-bar and force the spring into the rear mount.

May 08, 2010 | 1997 Nissan Pickup

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I want to replace the rear struts on my 1995 Buick Regal Custom and am wondering if I will need a strut compressor in order to complete this task


No you don't. When you buy the parts there should be a bolt in each box. With the tires on the ground. Look at the lower control arms with a rubber bushing on the end. You will see a bolt hole in the middle of the bushing. Put the bolt in from the bottom and screw it in. This will help keep it compressed. After that jack the car and remove the tire. Then remove the two bolts up top, then the one on the bottom.Then remove the one on the strut. And install in the reverse order. Will be a good idea to replace the upper strut plate while your in there. Don't forget to remove the retainer bolt when your tire and the car is down. Let me know if any other help is needed. I own the same car just a year younger.

Sep 17, 2009 | 1995 Buick Regal

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Replace front strut


You will need a strut spring compressor. You can probably buy a cheap one for about as much as a shop would charge you to install a new spring on your strut.

Sometimes you can even "borrow" these from your local parts store with a deposit.

It is probably faster to do it yourself than bring it to a shop.

You need to compress the spring before you put it in the strut housing. Directions should be included with the spring compressor kit.

Here's the general directions:

Take the two bolts on the bottom off

There may be a bolt holding the brake line in place (remove it)

Take the three bolts on the top off

The strut assembly should be free now.

Pull strut assembly out and set it on the floor

The top nut holds the top bearing plate and that holds the spring in place.

Remove the top nut

Remove old broken spring

Compress new spring and put it in place on the strut

Put strut top plate on and secure locknut

Release spring compressor.

Reinstall strut assembly in car.


Good Luck!

Apr 16, 2009 | 1998 Chevrolet Malibu

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Can anyone give me some instructions to add a leaf spring kit to my 2002 4X4 V6 Ext.Cab Tacoma?


This should be pretty close for you since most add a spring(s) are pretty much the same.

Note: Check U-Bolt length prior to disassembly, Longer U-Bolts may be required.
1. Park the vehicle on flat level ground. Set the emergency brake and block the tires.
2. Raise the vehicle so that the tires slightly touch the ground. Support the frame rails using jack
stands.
3. Remove the U-Bolts from one side only. Remove the spring eye bolts and remove the leaf spring
from the vehicle.
4. Place 2 C-Clamps around the leaf spring as shown in Photo #1. Tighten C-Clamps against the
leaf spring.
5. With C-Clamps tightened onto leaf spring, remove the center tie bolt using a pair of vice grips to
hold the head of the bolt. “Slowly” remove the C-Clamps to release the spring tension.
6. Note the location of the tie bolt hole in the add-a-leaf. If the hole is not centered, measure the factory
spring to determine the long end and short end. Be sure to install the add-a-leaf with the
long end towards the long end of the leaf spring. Install the new add-a-leaf onto the “bottom” of
new leaf spring. If installing more than one leaf per side, install the longest first, then the shortest.
7. Use a screw driver to line up the tie bolt hole in the leaves. It is recommended to leave the screwdriver
in to help keep the leaves aligned as you tighten the C-Clamps. Tighten until there is
enough space to install the new tie bolt. With tie bolt installed, tighten the nut by hand. Then continue
to tighten the C-Clamps. Repeat this process until leaves are pulled together. See diagram
below. DO NOT USE THE TIE BOLT TO PULL THE LEAVES TOGETHER. THIS CAN RESULT
IN AN EXPLOSIVE DISASSEMBLY AND POSSIBLE INJURY!
8. Tighten the center tie bolt to torque specifications provided.
9. Reinstall leaf spring into the vehicle. Install U-bolts. Repeat this process on the opposite side.
Torque Specifications:
3/8” Tie Bolt = 17 Ft. Lbs.
7/16” Tie Bolt = 27 Ft. Lbs.
1/2” Tie Bolt = 41 Ft. Lbs.
I-FFAL 1-03

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Will '89 Ranger leaf springs fit a '99 Ford Ranger 4x4?


Measure the distance from bolt to bolt, and to the center. If they match then, they match, if not you will have to check the numbers with fords tolerances to avoid an axle wrap. But it should fit, maybe just a little stiffer of a suspension from the 4x4.
Calvin the Mobile Mechanic.

Mar 15, 2009 | 1999 Ford Ranger SuperCab

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91 Trooper leaf springs


ok what you have is just a multi leaf leaf spring. in the middle of the leaf where the axle should be a bolt that holds them together. you need to check the U bolts that hold the axle to the spring. there has to be a reason it moved . check the leaf spring for a broken leaf. i would recomend getting new Ubolts. and when you put it back together make sure you use the bolt that holds the leaves together as the center .
if ya need more help just let me know
if ya could snap a pic if you are having problems and send it i might be able to be more of a help.

paul

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Rear leaf springs


if its not jam in rust it easy disconnect the shocks lift remove the ubolt anf lift the truck untill spring loose remove bolt front and back that about it i guest the worst its lifting the truck high be carefull safety first hope it help fixya our post thanks pierre

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