Disassembly & Assembly
- Remove the strut assembly from the vehicle.
- Use paint to mark the position of the spring relative to the strut assembly-to-knuckle bracket.
Install the strut assembly into Special Tool J-45400 or suitable spring compressor.
Compress the spring using the spring compressor.
WARNINGDo 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.
- Use a wrench to hold the threaded piston rod while removing the piston rod nut with a 22mm oxygen sensor socket.
Remove the following components from the strut:
The strut mount
- Install the spring into the spring compressor. Ensure the hooks of the compressor tool are properly seated on the spring.
- Compress the spring.
- Align the match marks made during the removal process and install the spring to the strut.
Install the following components in order:
- Using a wrench to hold the threaded piston rod, install the piston nut and tighten to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
- Remove the strut assembly from the spring compressor tool.
- Install the strut assembly to the vehicle.
Removal & Installation
- Loosen the top strut mounting-to-body bolt in the engine compartment.
- Raise and support the vehicle so the weight of the vehicle rests on the stands, not the control arms.
Remove or disconnect the following:
- Install the strut to the body and tighten the nuts to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
- Connect the drive axle to the front hub.
Install or connect the following:
Outer tie rod to steering knuckle
- Lower the vehicle to the ground and tighten the lug nuts to 88 ft. lbs. (120 Nm).
- Tighten the axle shaft nut to 221 ft. lbs. (300 Nm).