Acura CL Integra NSX RL RSX TL TSX 2001-2006

Coil Springs

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Removal & Installation



2001-03 TL Models
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle and remove the front wheels.
  4.  
  5. Remove the strut (damper).
  6.  
  7. Place the strut assembly in a coil spring compressor.
  8.  
  9. Compress the coil spring and remove the locking nut from the top of the strut.
  10.  
  11. Release the pressure from the spring compressor.
  12.  
  13. Remove the coil spring and related pieces from the strut.
  14.  

To install:


NOTE
Use new self-locking nuts and bolts when assembling the strut.

  1. Install the strut, coil spring and related components on the spring compressor.
  2.  
  3. Compress the spring.
  4.  
  5. Install the mounting washer, and loosely install a new self-locking nut.
  6.  
  7. Hold the strut piston rod with a hex wrench and tighten the self-locking nut to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the strut in the vehicle.
  10.  
  11. Check and adjust the vehicle's front wheel alignment.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the rear strut (damper) on early model vehicles

  12.  

2001-04 RL Models
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle and remove the front wheels.
  4.  
  5. Remove the strut (damper).
  6.  
  7. Place the strut assembly in a coil spring compressor.
  8.  
  9. Compress the coil spring and remove the locking nut from the top of the strut.
  10.  
  11. Release the pressure from the spring compressor.
  12.  
  13. Remove the coil spring and related pieces from the strut.
  14.  

To install:


NOTE
Use new self-locking nuts and bolts when assembling the strut.

  1. Install the strut, coil spring and related components on the spring compressor.
  2.  
  3. Compress the spring.
  4.  
  5. Install the mounting washer, and loosely install a new self-locking nut.
  6.  
  7. Hold the strut piston rod with a hex wrench and tighten the self-locking nut to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the strut in the vehicle.
  10.  
  11. Check and adjust the vehicle's front wheel alignment.
  12.  

2004-06 TL & 2005-06 RL Models
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Compress the damper spring with a strut spring compressor then remove the self-locking nut while holding the damper shaft with a hex wrench. Do not compress the spring more than necessary to remove the nut.

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    Fig. Compress the spring assembly and remove the locking nut-2004-06 TL model and 2005-06 RL model

  4.  
  5. Release the pressure from the strut spring compressor, then disassemble the damper.
  6.  

To install:

  1. Reassemble the damper except for the washer and self-locking nut. Install the damper assembly on a strut spring compressor and compress the spring lightly.
  2.  
  3. Align the bottom of the spring and the stepped part of the lower spring seat.
  4.  
  5. Position the damper mounting base (A) so the stud bolt (B) is aligned with the aligning tab (C) in the damper unit.

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    Fig. Position the damper mounting base (A) so the stud bolt (B) is aligned with the aligning tab (C) in the damper unit-2004-06 TL model and 2005-06 RL model

  6.  
  7. Compress the damper spring. Do not compress the spring excessively.
  8.  
  9. Install the washer and a new 10 mm self-locking nut. Hold the damper shaft with a hex wench and tighten the 10 mm self-locking nut to the 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Remove the damper assembly from the strut spring compressor.
  12.  

CL Models
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle and remove the front wheels.
  4.  
  5. Remove the strut (damper).
  6.  
  7. Place the strut assembly in a coil spring compressor.
  8.  
  9. Compress the coil spring and remove the locking nut from the top of the strut.
  10.  
  11. Release the pressure from the spring compressor.
  12.  
  13. Remove the coil spring and related pieces from the strut.
  14.  

To install:


NOTE
Use new self-locking nuts and bolts when assembling the strut.

  1. Install the strut, coil spring and related components on the spring compressor.
  2.  
  3. Compress the spring.
  4.  
  5. Install the mounting washer, and loosely install a new self-locking nut.
  6.  
  7. Hold the strut piston rod with a hex wrench and tighten the self-locking nut to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the strut in the vehicle.
  10.  
  11. Check and adjust the vehicle's front wheel alignment.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Compress the coil spring until the spring moves away from the seat and use a hex wrench to hold the piston rod while removing the nut

  12.  

Integra & RSX Models
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle and remove the front wheels.
  4.  
  5. Remove the strut (damper).
  6.  
  7. Place the strut assembly in a coil spring compressor.
  8.  
  9. Compress the coil spring and remove the locking nut from the top of the strut.
  10.  
  11. Release the pressure from the spring compressor.
  12.  
  13. Remove the coil spring and related pieces from the strut.
  14.  

To install:


NOTE
Use new self-locking nuts and bolts when assembling the strut.

  1. Install the strut, coil spring and related components on the spring compressor.
  2.  
  3. Compress the spring.
  4.  
  5. Install the mounting washer, and loosely install a new self-locking nut.
  6.  
  7. Hold the strut piston rod with a hex wrench and tighten the self-locking nut to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the strut in the vehicle.
  10.  
  11. Check and adjust the vehicle's front wheel alignment.
  12.  

TSX Models
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle and remove the front wheels.
  4.  
  5. Remove the strut (damper).
  6.  
  7. Place the strut assembly in a coil spring compressor.
  8.  
  9. Compress the coil spring and remove the locking nut from the top of the strut.
  10.  
  11. Release the pressure from the spring compressor.
  12.  
  13. Remove the coil spring and related pieces from the strut.
  14.  

To install:


NOTE
Use new self-locking nuts and bolts when assembling the strut.

  1. Install the strut, coil spring and related components on the spring compressor.
  2.  
  3. Compress the spring.
  4.  
  5. Install the mounting washer, and loosely install a new self-locking nut.
  6.  
  7. Hold the strut piston rod with a hex wrench and tighten the self-locking nut to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the strut in the vehicle.
  10.  
  11. Check and adjust the vehicle's front wheel alignment.
  12.  

 
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