The MacPherson strut spring is under extreme pressure. Do not remove the center strut shaft nut without having the strut assembly in an approved MacPherson strut spring compressor. Severe personal injury may result if this caution is not followed.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Raise the vehicle and support it safely. Allow the lower arms and suspension to hang. Remove the wheels.
- Raise the axle slightly to relax the strut and to support the axle when the strut is removed. Position an additional support under the axle.
- Take care in jacking that no contact is made on the lateral rod.
- On hatchback, remove the trunk side trim.
- Remove the upper dust cover cap.
- Remove the upper mounting nuts. Remove the lower mounting bolt and nut.
- Remove the strut from the vehicle.
- Remove the dust cover.
- Install a MacPherson strut spring compressor and compress the spring. Compress the spring so that the maximum length will be obtained.
- Remove the shaft nut, strut insulator, upper spring seat and spring with the compressor installed.
- Install the spring (with compressor), upper spring seat, insulator and shaft nut. Line up the spring end with the holes in the spring seats. Torque the shaft nut to 43-51 ft. lbs. (60-70 Nm). Remove the spring compressor.
- Installation is the reverse order of the removal procedures. Torque the lower mounting bolt and nut to 58-72 ft. lbs. (79-98 Nm); the upper mounting nuts to 18-25 ft. lbs. (24-34 Nm).