We work together on a viewing ditch

Jacking the beam and removing the front wheel

Under the front end of the frame we substitute a reliable factory-made stand with a load capacity of at least 2 tons and a height of 700 mm

We lower the jack and leave it under the beam or, for convenience, rearrange it under the hub

In order not to damage the brake hose, it is advisable to remove the front brake caliper and tie it to the frame

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

With a “24” head, we unscrew the four bolts for fastening the ladders.

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

Taking out the ladders.

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

Remove the spring cover.

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

Holding the bolt of the front eyelet of the spring with the “22” key, unscrew the nut with the “24” head.

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

We knock out the bolt with a beard or a suitable rod.

We also unscrew the nut and knock out the bolt of the rear spring mounting (to the earring)

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle

Remove the spring.

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

Cleaning the spring from dirt

Insert the bolts into the hinges of the spring. We stretch the cord between them and measure the spring deflection arrow

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

The deflection arrow should be 147 ± 10 mm for a two-leaf spring, and 135 ± 5 mm for a four-leaf spring.

If this value is less, we replace the entire spring.

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

Unbend the clamp, striking with a hammer through another hammer.

Removing, disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

Having clamped the spring in a vise, with two “17” keys we unscrew the nut of the centering bolt and remove the bolt.

Removing, disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

Disconnecting the leaf springs.

We clean the inner surfaces of the spring sheets from dirt and rust.

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

To replace the rubber-metal hinges, put the spring eyelet under the press.

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

Press out the hinge.

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

To facilitate the pressing of a new hinge with a file or an emery wheel, we make a lead-in chamfer on the edges of the metal plates from the end of the hinge.

Compress the hinge with a band clamp.

Lubricate the hinge with soapy water and, using a mandrel, press it in on the same press.

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

Mandrel for pressing out (pressing in) the rubber-metal hinge of the spring ears.

Material - steel

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

Having lubricated the sides of the sheets facing each other with graphite grease, we assemble the spring.

In this case, pay attention to the difference in the design of the front and rear lugs of the spring.

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

Unscrew the nut and take out the bolt of the spring earring.

Remove the plates of the spring earring.

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle

While holding the bolts of the earring bracket with the “14” key, with the “17” head, unscrew the four nuts and remove the bracket

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

Replacing the rubber-metal hinge of the bracket

Removing and disassembling the front spring of a Gazelle car

Install the removed parts in reverse order, tightening the ladder nuts evenly.

The vertical protrusion on the spring pad must face the longitudinal axis of the vehicle.

The final tightening of the nuts of the rubber-metal hinge bolts should be carried out on a loaded vehicle with straightened springs.

This is necessary for the hinges to work properly.

Similarly, we disassemble the spring and replace the rubber-metal hinges on the other side of the car.

Replacing the rubber buffer

Removing the rubber bumper buffer of the Gazelle car

Holding the bolt with the “17” head with the extension, unscrew the nut with the “19” key

Removing the rubber bumper bumper of the Gazelle car

Remove the buffer together with the bolt, washer, bushing and cup

Install the buffer in reverse order.