Catera 2000-2001

Coil Springs

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove the strut from the vehicle.
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  5. Using a Strut Compressor Holding tool J3289-20 place the strut in a Compressor tool J34013A along with an Adapter J3413-88
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  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Compress the spring
     
    Upper bearing support nut
     
    Bearing and plate assembly
     

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  9. Decompress the spring.
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  11. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Upper spring support plate
     
    Upper insulator
     
    Strut bumper
     
    Cover from the strut
     
    Spring from the strut
     
    Lower insulator from the strut

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    Fig. Be sure to compress the coil spring before removing the upper bearing support nut



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    Fig. Exploded view of the strut assembly

     

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To install:

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.

    Lower insulator to the strut
     
    Spring on the strut
     
    Upper spring support plate
     
    Upper insulator
     
    Strut bumper
     
    Cover
     

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  3. Align the spring between the upper and lower rubber isolation rings.
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  5. Compress the spring.
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  7. Install or connect the following:

    Bearing and plate assembly
     
    Upper bearing support nut. Torque the nut to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm).
     

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  9. Release the tension from the spring.
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  11. Remove the strut compressor tools from the strut.
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  13. Install the strut to the vehicle.
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  15. Road test the vehicle and verify a smooth ride and no abnormal noises from the strut and spring.
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