2007 Jeep Compass

Struts (MacPherson Struts)

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Overhaul



Specific to:

Jeep Compass 2007-2009

Jeep Patriot 2007-2009

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Position the strut assembly in the strut coil spring compressor following the manufacturer's instructions and set the lower and upper hooks of the compressor on the coil spring. Position the strut clevis bracket straight outward, away from the compressor.
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  5. Compress the coil spring until all coil spring tension is removed from the upper mount and bearing.
    CAUTION
    Do not remove the strut rod nut before the coil spring is properly compressed. The coil spring is held under pressure. The coil spring must be compressed, removing spring tension from the upper mount and bearing, before the strut rod nut is removed.


    WARNING
    Never use impact or high speed tools to remove the strut rod nut. Damage to the strut internal bearings can occur.

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  7. Once the spring is sufficiently compressed, install Strut Nut Wrench, Special Tool 9362, on the strut rod nut. Next, install Strut Shaft Socket, Special Tool 9894, on the end of the strut rod. While holding the strut rod from turning, remove the nut using the strut nut wrench.
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  9. Remove the clamp (if installed) from the bottom of the coil spring and remove the strut (damper) out through the bottom of the coil spring. The dust shield and jounce bumper will come out with the strut.
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  11. Remove the lower spring isolator from the strut seat.
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  13. Slide the dust shield and jounce bumper from the strut rod.
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  15. Remove the upper mount and bearing from the top of the upper spring seat and isolator.
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  17. Remove the upper spring seat and isolator from the top of the coil spring.
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  19. Release the tension from the coil spring by backing off the compressor drive completely. Push back the compressor hooks and remove the coil spring.

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    Fig. View of front strut assembly components

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To assemble:

  1. Place the coil spring in the spring compressor following the manufacturer's instructions. Before compressing the spring, rotate the spring so the end of the bottom coil is at approximately the 9 o'clock position as viewed from above (or to where the spring was when removed from the compressor). This action will allow the strut (damper) clevis bracket to be positioned outward, away from the compressor once installed.
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  3. Slowly compress the coil spring until enough room is available for strut assembly reassembly.
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  5. Install the upper spring seat and isolator on top of the coil spring.
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  7. Install the bearing and upper mount on top of the upper spring seat and isolator.
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  9. Install the lower spring isolator on the spring seat on the strut.
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  11. Slide the dust shield and jounce bumper onto the strut rod.
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  13. Install the strut up through the bottom of the coil spring and upper spring seat, mount, and bearing until the lower spring seat contacts the lower end of the coil spring. Rotate the strut as necessary until the end o