REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 5
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Remove the anti-lock sensor wiring from the strut bracket.
- Remove the anti-lock sensor mounting bolt and remove the sensor.
- Disconnect the rear brake hose fitting from the brake tube. Plug the brake lines.
- Remove the retainer and the rear brake hose from the strut.
- Remove the tie strap retaining the parking brake rear cable and conduit to the rear suspension tie rod.
- Disconnect the rear sway bar link and bushings from the rear control arm (suspension arm).
- Disconnect the rear suspension tie rod from the wheel spindle.
The front and rear control arms (suspension arms) must be supported prior to the removal of the upper or lower strut attachments.
- Position a jack stand under the front and rear control arms.
- Remove the spindle to strut pinch bolt.
- Separate the spindle from the strut by tapping down on the wheel spindle.
- Compress the coil spring using an appropriate strut spring compressor.
- Remove the two top retaining bolts and remove the strut assembly.
- With the coil spring compressed, install the strut assembly into position.
- Reinstall the two rear strut bracket mounting bolts. Tighten the rear strut bracket mounting bolts to 17-22 ft. lbs. (23-30 Nm).
- Position the strut to the wheel spindle.
- Reinstall the spindle-to-strut pinch bolt. Tighten the pinch bolt to 52-72 ft. lbs. (70-98 Nm).
- Remove the strut spring compressor.
- Reinstall the rear suspension tie rod and bushing. Tighten the bolt to 75-102 ft. lbs. (102-135 Nm).
- Remove the jackstand.
- Attach the rear brake hose to the strut.
- Reinstall the rear brake anti-lock sensor and retaining bolt. Tighten the retaining bolt to 84 inch. lbs. (9 Nm).
- Reinstall the anti-lock wiring to the strut.
- Secure the parking brake cable and conduit to the rear suspension tie rod with a tie strap.
- Unplug and connect the rear brake hose fitting to the brake tube. Tighten the fitting securely.
- Bleed the brake system.
- Reinstall the wheel and tire assembly. Tighten the lug nuts to 62 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).
- Lower the vehicle.
- Connect the negative battery cable.
- Check the rear wheel alignment.
- Road test the vehicle and check for proper operation.
See Figure 6
- Remove the strut from the vehicle.
- Place the strut assembly on a suitable workbench.
- Compress the coil spring enough to relieve the tension on the spring seat.
- Remove the top mount nut, rear strut bracket, bushing and spring seat.
- Remove the coil spring and slowly relieve the tension on the spring if it is not to be reinstalled.
- Remove the dust shield and the jounce bumper if the strut is being replaced.
- If removed, install the jounce bumper and dust shield to the strut.
- Reinstall the coil spring and compress the spring if not already done.
- Reinstall the spring seat, bushing, rear strut bracket and the top mount nut. Tighten the top mount nut to 30-43 ft. lbs. (41-58 Nm).
- Install the strut into the vehicle.