REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the front wheel.
- If equipped, remove the brake hose routing bracket and ABS speed sensor cable routing bracket from the strut damper brackets.
- If equipped, remove the sway bar attaching link from the mounting bracket on the strut assembly. Hold the sway bar attaching link stud using a 6mm hex bit while removing the retaining nut with a box wrench.
The steering knuckle-to-strut assembly attaching bolts are of the serrated type and, therefore, cannot be turned during the removal procedure. Hold the bolts stationary in the steering knuckle while removing the nuts.
- Remove the steering knuckle-to-strut assembly attaching bolts.
- Remove the three nuts securing the strut assembly upper mount to the strut tower. Remove the strut assembly from the vehicle.
- Position the strut assembly into the strut tower and loosely install the upper washers and nuts. Tighten the three attaching upper mount nuts to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
- Position the lower mount over the steering knuckle and loosely install the attaching bolts and nuts. If one of the attaching bolts is a cam bolt, the cam bolt must be installed in the lower slotted hole of the strut clevis bracket. Be sure that the attaching nuts face the front of the vehicle. Tighten the attaching nuts to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm) plus an additional 1 / 4 turn.
- If equipped, install the sway bar attaching link to the bracket on the strut assembly. Using a 6mm hex bit and crowfoot, tighten the sway bar link bracket attaching nut to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm).
- If equipped, install the brake hose retaining bracket and ABS speed sensor cable routing bracket onto the strut assembly bracket. Tighten the mounting bolts to 10 ft. lbs. (13 Nm).
- Install the front wheels and lug nuts. Tighten the lug nuts, in a star pattern sequence, to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm). Lower the vehicle and check the wheel alignment. Adjust, if necessary.
See Figures 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
- Remove the strut assembly from the vehicle.
- Secure the strut assembly into a bench vise. Mount the strut assembly in the vertical position, clamping the strut assembly at the strut clevis bracket ONLY.
- Using a coil spring compressor, compress the coil spring. It is required that the upper spring seat and second spring coil from the bottom be secured within the jaws of the spring compressor tool.
- Using a wrench, hold the end of the strut shaft from rotating and remove the strut shaft nut.
- Remove the upper strut mount from the strut assembly. Carefully remove the coil spring compressor tool from the coil spring.
- Remove the upper spring seat and pivot bearing assembly from the coil spring.
- Remove the coil spring from the strut. If the coil spring is being reused, mark the coil spring for correct reinstallation position.
- With the strut assembly mounted firmly in the bench vise, install the coil spring on the strut assembly. Be sure the end of the coil spring's bottom coil aligns with the strut clevis bracket.
- Install the upper spring seat onto the coil spring. Position the notch on the top of the spring seat in alignment with the strut clevis bracket.
- Install the compressor tool onto the coil spring, and compress the spring.
- Install the pivot bearing onto the top of the upper spring seat with the smaller diameter side of the bearing facing toward the spring seat.
- Install the strut mount on the upper spring seat of the strut assembly. Loosely install the strut shaft nut.
- Tighten the strut shaft nut to 70 ft. lbs. (94 Nm). This step is performed with the spring compressor tool still installed on the spring.
- Check that the top of the coil spring is seated correctly against the upper spring seat. Carefully remove the spring compressor tool.