REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 11
The rear strut assemblies support the weight of the vehicle using coil springs positioned around the struts. The coil springs are contained between the upper mount of the strut assembly and a lower spring seat on the body of the strut assembly. The strut is attached to the spindle by a split collar on the rear spindle with a pinch bolt to hold the spindle to the strut.
Service of the coil spring requires the use of a coil spring compressor tool. It is required that 5 coils be captured within the jaws of the compressor tool.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the rear wheel and tire assembly.
- If equipped with rear disc, remove the caliper assembly and rotor from the hub. If equipped with rear drum brakes, disconnect the brake flex hose from the support bracket and wheel cylinder. Plug the brake flex hose to prevent system contamination. Do not allow the rear caliper to hang down by the brake hose. Support the caliper off of the frame with a strong piece of wire.
- If equipped with ABS, remove the speed sensor cable routing bracket and tube.
- Remove the bolts attaching the lateral links to the rear spindle assembly.
- Remove the rear strut assembly to stabilizer bar attaching link at the stabilizer bar. Hold the hex on the attaching link stud while breaking nut loose. The attaching link does not have to be removed from the strut.
- Remove the rear spindle to strut assembly pinch bolt. Install a center punch in hole on spindle and tap punch into hole until jammed. This will spread spindle casting allowing it to be removed from strut.
- Using a hammer, tap on the top surface of the spindle, driving spindle down and off the end of the strut assembly. Let the spindle and assembled components hang from the trailing arm while the strut is being serviced.
- Lower the vehicle. From inside the trunk of the vehicle, remove the three upper strut mounting bolts and remove the strut from the vehicle.
- Securely mount the strut assembly into a vise. Using paint, mark the strut assembly, lower spring isolator, spring and upper strut mount for indexing of the parts at reassembly.
- Position a spring compressor tool onto the coil spring. Compress the coil spring until all load is off of the upper strut mount assembly.