REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
- Place the ignition switch in the OFF position and the steering column in the UNLOCKED position.
- Remove the hub nut.
- Loosen the 3 top mount-to-shock tower nuts; but do not remove the nuts at this time.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
When raising the vehicle, do not lift by using the lower control arms.
- Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
- Remove the brake caliper, then support it on a wire, out of the way. Remove the rotor.
- At the tie rod end, remove the cotter pin and the castle nut. Discard the cotter pin and nut, and replace with new ones during installation.
- Using tie rod end remover tool 3290-D and the tie rod remover adapter tool T81P-3504-W or equivalents, separate the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
- Unfasten the stabilizer bar link nut, then remove the stabilizer bar link from the strut.
- Remove the lower arm-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt and nut; it may be necessary to use a drift punch to remove the bolt. Using a suitable tool, spread the knuckle-to-lower arm pinch joint, then remove the lower arm from the steering knuckle. Discard the pinch nut/bolt and replace with a new one during installation.
- Remove the halfshaft from the hub and support it with a wire to maintain a level position.
When removing the halfshaft, do not allow it to move outward as the internal parts of the tripod CV-joint could separate, causing failure of the joint.
- Remove the strut-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt. Using a small prybar, spread the pinch bolt joint and separate the strut from the steering knuckle. Remove the steering knuckle/hub assembly from the strut.
- Remove the 3 top mount-to-shock tower nuts, then remove the strut and coil spring assembly from the vehicle.
- Install the strut and coil spring assembly and the 3 top mount-to-shock tower nuts.
- Install the steering knuckle and hub assembly to the strut.
- Install a new strut-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt. Tighten the bolt to 73-97 ft. lbs. (98-132 Nm).
- Install the halfshaft into the hub.
- Install the lower arm to the steering knuckle, making sure the ball stud groove is properly positioned. Be very careful not to damage the ball joint seal. Fasten using a new pinch bolt and nut. Tighten to 40-53 ft. lbs. (54-72 Nm).
The letters "Top LH'' and "Top RH'' are moulded into the stabilizer bar link for correct assembly to the strut.
- Install the stabilizer link to the strut, making sure the link is positioned properly, then install a new stabilizer bar link nut. Tighten to 57-75 ft. lbs. (77-102 Nm).
- Using a new castle/slotted nut, install the tie rod end onto the knuckle. Tighten the nut to 23-35 ft. lbs. (31-47 Nm) for vehicles through 1994. For 1995 vehicles, tighten the nut to 35-46 ft. lbs. (47-63 Nm). Retain the castle/slotted nut with a new cotter pin.
- Install the disc brake rotor, caliper and tire/wheel assembly. Tighten the wheel lug nuts to 85-105 ft. lbs. (115-142 Nm).
- Tighten the 3 top mount-to-shock tower nuts to 23-29 ft. lbs. (31-40 Nm).
- Lower the vehicle, then tighten the hub nut to 170-203 ft. lbs. (230-275 Nm).
- Depress the brake pedal a few times before moving the vehicle.
See Figures 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16
The following procedure is performed with the strut assembly removed from the car.
A MacPherson Strut compression tool is required for the disassembly of the strut, a cage type tool such as part No. D85P-7178-A or equivalent is required.
- Compress the spring with the coil spring compressor part No. D85P-7178-A or equivalent.
- Place a 10mm box wrench on top of the shock strut shaft and hold while removing the top shaft mounting nut with a 21mm 6-point crow's foot wrench and ratchet.
It is important that the mounting nut be turned and the rod held still to prevent fracture of the rod at the base of the hex.
- Loosen the spring compressor tool, then remove the top mounting bracket assembly, bearing plate assembly and spring.
Ensure that the correct assembly sequence and proper positioning of the bearing and seat assembly are followed. The bearing and seat assembly is press-fit onto the upper mount. The mount washers must be installed with the correct orientation.
- Install the spring compressor tool part No. D85P-7178-A or equivalent.
- Install the spring, bearing plate assembly, lower washer and top mount bracket assembly.
- Compress the spring with the coil spring compressor tool.
- Install the upper washer and nut on the shock strut shaft.
- Place a 10mm box end wrench on the top of the shock strut shaft and hold while tightening the top shaft mounting nut with a 21mm 6-point crow's foot wrench and a ratchet. Tighten to 40-53 ft. lbs. (53-72 Nm).
- The strut assembly may now be installed in the vehicle. For details, please refer to the procedure located earlier in this section.