Chrysler Colt/Vista 1990-1993 Repair Information

MacPherson Struts

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Colt

See Figures 1, 2 and 3



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Fig. Fig. 1: Front strut assembly removal/installation - 1990-92 Colt hatchback and sedan



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Fig. Fig. 2: Front strut assembly removal/installation - 1990 Colt Wagon



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Fig. Fig. 3: Front strut assembly removal/installation - 1993 Colt hatchback and sedan

  1. Raise and support the front of the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the front wheels.
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  5. Detach the front brake hose from the strut mounting clip.
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  7. Unbolt the strut from the steering knuckle.
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  9. Remove the dust shield from the top of the fender housing mount. Insert a suitable socket (special tool MB991036, or the equivalent) into the top of the strut to loosen the gland mounting nut.
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  11. Insert an allen wrench through the socket, into the top of the strut shaft. Remove the mounting nut, while holding the shaft with the allen wrench.
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  13. Remove the strut. Service as required.
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  15. Mount the strut into position and secure the upper mount. Attach the lower strut bracket to the steering knuckle.
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  17. Torque the strut to knuckle bolts to 55-65 ft. lbs.; the upper retaining nut to 25-36 ft. lbs. Check the wheel alignment.
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Vista

See Figures 4 and 5



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Fig. Fig. 4: Front strut assembly removal/installation - 1990-91 Vista



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Fig. Fig. 5: Front strut assembly removal/installation - 1992-93 Vista

  1. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheels.
  4.  
  5. Detach the brake hose from the clip on the strut.
  6.  
  7. Remove the mounting nuts that secure the upper end of the strut to the fender housing.
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  9. Unbolt the strut from the steering knuckle.
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  11. Remove the strut from the vehicle.
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  13. Service as required. Bolt the strut to the steering knuckle, and the upper fender mounting. Secure the brake hose to the strut mounting clip.
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  15. Torque the strut to knuckle bolts to 55-65 ft. lbs.; Torque the strut to fender housing bolts to 18-25 ft. lbs.
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