Need help with replacing rear leaf spring insulator pads on 1991 Lumina

Old 10-12-07, 12:01 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 19
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
Need help with replacing rear leaf spring insulator pads on 1991 Lumina

I have a 1991 Cheve. Lumina that recently started making a loud noise in the rear everytime I went over a bump. A local mechanic checked it and said the rear traverse leaf spring insulators were gone and needed to be replaced. I looked at it and see that one insulator is gone completely and the other one is almost gone. I would like to replace these myself, but repair manuals show that there is a special spring compressor tool required that is only available at the dealer. I am wondering if there is a way to lift the ends of the spring just enough to slip on the new insulators without using the special tool. Does anyone have experience replacing these insulators? I would greatly appreciate your help.
Old 10-12-07, 08:18 PM
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Iowa!!!!!
Posts: 3,825
Received 33 Upvotes on 32 Posts
That's not something I've had to do, but I brought up a diagram of that spring system. I believe that spring will have to be removed completely, the insulators installed in their hangers, then the spring slid into the insulator pockets.

Considering the tension on the spring and the complete removal of it, I wouldn't advise doing it without the tool made specifically for that repair.

Hope this helps,

Old 10-13-07, 10:04 AM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: wisconsin
Posts: 72
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
i had to go to work and pull the service manual to verify but yes there is a special tool to take the spring pressure off and remove it

i would not even try it without the tool could get hurt to easy
Old 10-13-07, 04:25 PM
JungleJim's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 56
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
Yes, you can change them, there is a nylon replacement kit for them. It's a pain in the butt. you need to get the whole rear end in the air and use another jack to lift each end of the spring. One end at a time. If you're not too mechanical, I wouldn't recommend tryin' it.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title: