Aveo 2006-2007

Struts (MacPherson Struts)

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Disassembly & Assembly



  1. Remove the strut assembly from the vehicle.
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  3. Use paint to mark the position of the spring relative to the strut assembly-to-knuckle bracket.
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  5. Install the strut assembly into Special Tool J-45400 or suitable spring compressor.

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    Fig. Install the strut assembly into a strut spring compressor.

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  7. Compress the spring using the spring compressor.
    WARNING
    Do not allow the absorber rod to rotate during disassembly/reassembly. Use hand tools to keep the absorber rod from rotating. If air tools are used, and the rod is allowed to rotate, damage to the absorber may occur.

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  9. Use a wrench to hold the threaded piston rod while removing the piston rod nut with a 22mm oxygen sensor socket.
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  11. Remove the following components from the strut:

    The strut mount
     
    Strut mount bearing
     
    Spring upper seat
     
    Strut cartridge upper cover
     
    Bumper stop
     
    Coil spring
     

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To install:

  1. Install the spring into the spring compressor. Ensure the hooks of the compressor tool are properly seated on the spring.
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  3. Compress the spring.
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  5. Align the match marks made during the removal process and install the spring to the strut.
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  7. Install the following components in order:

    Bumper stop
     
    Strut cartridge upper cover
     
    Spring upper seat
     
    Strut mount bearing
     
    Strut mount

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    Fig. Exploded view of the strut assembly-Aveo front suspension

     

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  9. Using a wrench to hold the threaded piston rod, install the piston nut and tighten to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
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  11. Remove the strut assembly from the spring compressor tool.
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  13. Install the strut assembly to the vehicle.
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Removal & Installation



  1. Loosen the top strut mounting-to-body bolt in the engine compartment.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle so the weight of the vehicle rests on the stands, not the control arms.
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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheels
     
    Axle hub nut
     
    Brake caliper and wire aside
     
    Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) speed sensor connector
     
    Ball joint-to-steering knuckle strut nut
     
    Separate the ball joint from the knuckle
     
    Outer tie rod from the steering knuckle
     
    Drive axle from wheel hub and wire the axle to the body
     
    Lower strut from the hub
     
    Strut-to-body nuts
     
    Strut

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    Fig. Removal and installation of the strut assembly

     

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To install:

  1. Install the strut to the body and tighten the nuts to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
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  3. Connect the drive axle to the front hub.
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  5. Install or connect the following:

    Outer tie rod to steering knuckle
     
    Ball joint to steering knuckle
     
    Ball joint to knuckle/strut nut and tighten to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm)
     
    ABS speed sensor connector
     
    Brake caliper
     
    Front wheels
     

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  7. Lower the vehicle to the ground and tighten the lug nuts to 88 ft. lbs. (120 Nm).
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  9. Tighten the axle shaft nut to 221 ft. lbs. (300 Nm).
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