Disassembly & Assembly
Always wear safety goggles when using a spring compressor. Failure to follow these instructions may result in personal injury.
Do not use an impact wrench on the nut. Mount the strut and spring assembly in a suitable spring compressor.
- Compress the coil spring enough to relieve the tension on the strut assembly.
- Remove the strut piston rod-to-bushing nut.
- Remove the strut.
- Remove the lower coil spring insulator.
- Remove the coil spring.
Remove the upper coil spring insulator.
NOTEDuring assembly, assemble the bearing plate to the strut so the arrow on the bearing plate points to the outboard side of the vehicle when the strut is installed.
- Remove the bearing plate.
- Remove the bearing.
- Remove the strut upper bushing.
- Remove the dust boot and the bumper.
- To assemble, reverse the disassembly procedure.
- Replace any parts that show excessive wear or defects.
Tighten the strut piston rod-to-bushing nut to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm).
Removal & Installation
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
NOTEMake sure the steering wheel is in the unlocked position.
NOTEUse the hex holding feature to prevent the ball studs from turning while removing or installing the stabilizer bar link nuts.
- Raise and support the vehicle.
- Remove the brake jounce hose clip.
- Remove the brake jounce hose. Pull the brake jounce hose downward slightly to remove the hose from the bracket.
- Remove the ABS sensor harness bolt.
- Remove the stabilizer bar link nut.
- Remove the strut-to-knuckle nuts.
- Remove the strut-to-knuckle bolts.
- Remove the strut upper bushing nuts. Reference mark the strut mounting plate nuts.
Remove the strut and spring assembly.
WARNINGDo not allow the axle shaft to move outboard. Over-extension of the tripod CV joint can result in separation of internal parts, causing failure of the axle shaft.
- To install, reverse the removal procedure. See the illustration for the appropriate torque values.
- Align the strut mounting plate nuts to the reference marks.
- Check the front end alignment and adjust as necessary.