626 1999-2001

Struts (MacPherson Struts)

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Disassembly & Assembly



Specific to:

Mazda 626 2001-2002

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    strut from the vehicle
     
    Cap from the top of the strut, if not equipped with Automatic Adjusting Suspension (AAS)
     


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    Fig. Be sure the end of the coil spring is in the step of the lower seat-626



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    Fig. Exploded view of the front strut assembly-rear strut is similar

    Piston rod upper nut 1 turn but do not remove it
     

  4.  
  5. Place the lower end of the strut in the vise.
  6.  
  7. Install a coil spring compressor and compress the coil spring.
  8.  


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    Fig. Secure the upper strut mount in a vise and loosen the piston rod nut one turn but do not remove it



CAUTION
Failure to fully compress the spring and hold it securely can be extremely dangerous.

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Upper strut nut
     
    Slowly release the coil spring tension
     


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    Fig. Use a coil spring compressor and relieve the spring tension from the upper mount, then remove the piston rod nut

    suspension support, dust seal, spring seat, spring insulators, coil spring and bumper
     

  2.  
  3. While pushing on the piston rod, be sure that the pull stroke is even and that there is no unusual noise or resistance. Also inspect for any oil leakage around the piston rod.
  4.  
  5. Push the piston rod in, then release it. Be sure that the return rate is constant.
  6.  
  7. If the shock absorber does not operate as described, replace it.
  8.  

To assemble:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    strut assembly into a vise
     
    bump stopper and dust boot onto the piston rod
     
    Temporarily install the upper spring seat, seat rubber and spring. Mark the seat, shock and spring assembly as illustrated for reassembly. Align the marks of the upper seat and coil spring. Protect the assembly with cloth and install the spring compressor.
     


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    Fig. Mark the front seat, shock and spring assembly as illustrated for reassembly-Millenia



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    Fig. Mark the rear seat, shock and spring assembly as illustrated for reassembly-Millenia

    coil spring
     

  2.  
  3. Compress the coil spring with the spring compressor
  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    rubber seat, the spring upper seat, the bearing and the mounting block
     
    Piston rod upper nut
     

  6.  
  7. Be sure that the spring upper seat notched portion is facing inward and tighten the piston rod upper nut.
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  9. Remove the spring compressor from the strut. Secure the upper mounting block in the vise and tighten the nut to 40-59 ft. lbs. (55-80 Nm) on 626 models and 24-33 ft. lbs. (32-46 ft. lbs. on Millenia models.
  10.  
  11. Be sure that the spring is well seated in the upper seats.
  12.  
  13. Install the strut to the vehicle.
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Removal & Installation



Specific to:

Mazda 626 2001-2002

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Rear wheel(s)
     
    Rear package trim
     
    Speed sensor harness
     
    Top strut nuts
     

  4.  


NOTE
The suspension will drop when the weight lifts off the wheels.



Bottom strut mount bolt(s)
 
Strut assembly
 

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Strut assembly
     
    Bottom strut mount bolt(s) and tighten to 55-61 ft. lbs. (74-83 Nm)
     
    Upper mounting nuts and tighten to 33-46 ft. lbs. (47-62 Nm)
     
    Speed sensor harness
     
    Rear package trim
     
    Rear wheel(s)
     

  2.  

Specific to:

Mazda 626 1999-2000

Mazda Miata 1999-2000

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    The suspension will drop when the weight lifts off the wheels.



    Side trim panels from the inside of the trunk or the rear seat and trim, as required
     
    Wiring and cap, if equipped with Automatic Adjusting Suspension (AAS) system
     
    Top strut nuts
     



    Rear wheel(s)
     
    Brake line or wiring retainers, as required
     
    Bottom strut mount bolt(s)
     
    Strut assembly
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Strut assembly
     
    Bottom strut mount bolt(s)
     
    Brake line or wiring retainers, as required
     
    Rear wheel(s)
     
    Top strut nuts
     
    Wiring and cap, if equipped with AAS system
     
    Side trim panels to the inside of the trunk or the rear seat and trim, as required
     

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