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Old 04-14-2009, 03:14 PM
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97 Chevy 2WD truck - how to remove front springs?

I'm studying up on replacing the front springs in a 97 Chevy 2WD truck. says to remove the LCA inboard bolts, various boards say to disconnect the ball joint.


1) I take it there's no way around removing the LCA.

2) Are the LCA inboard bolts cam bolts?

3) If I go the balljoint route, does this style remover work? I've had no success with pickle forks.

4) What kind of spring compressor is appropriate for this job? says to use a chain.


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Old 04-14-2009, 03:22 PM
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I can help you with a 77 280e....
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:55 PM
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My truck has torsion bars so I am no help either.

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Old 04-14-2009, 08:10 PM
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pull the shock and break the bottom balljoint loose while supporting the control arm with a jack. Then let the jack down slowly and the arm will swing down and the spring should fall out.

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