Dodge Omni/Horizon/Rampage 1978-1989 Repair Guide

MacPherson Struts

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




WARNING
A new bonded mount assembly is used on late 1978 and later models, replacing the double nut, bearing retainer, isolator and strut retainer previously used. To remove the welded nut, grind the hex flats for proper wrench fit.

  1. Loosen the lug nuts on the front wheels.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the wheel.
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WARNING
If the original strut is to be assembled to the original knuckle, mark the cam adjusting bolt. Remove the cam adjusting bolt, through-bolt and brake hose bracket retaining screw.



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Fig. Fig. 1 If the original strut is to be reinstalled to the original knuckle, mark the cam adjusting bolt

  1. Remove the cam bolt, knuckle bolts and washer plates.
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Fig. Fig. 2 Remove the cam bolt, knuckle bolts and washer plates

  1. Next, remove the brake hose to the dampener bracket retaining screw.
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Fig. Fig. 3 Remove the bolt retaining the bracket for the brake hose



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Fig. Fig. 4 Move the hose out of the way

  1. Inspect for evidence of fluid running from the upper end of th