REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 6
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Place the ignition switch in the unlocked position to permit free movement of the front wheels.
- Raise the vehicle by the lower control arms until the wheels are just off the ground.
- From the engine compartment, remove the strut's central upper mount nut. Do not remove the three small retaining nuts around the larger central nut, and NEVER remove the pop rivet holding the camber plate in position. Slide the large washer off of the strut shaft.
- Continue to raise the front of the vehicle by the lower control arm and position a jackstand under the frame jacking pad, rearward of the front wheel. Do NOT remove the jack from beneath the lower control arm!
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly, then remove the brake caliper. Support the caliper with a length of wire; do not let the caliper hang by the brake hose.
- If equipped, remove the brake anti-lock sensor and bracket.
- Chain the lower end of the coil spring to the lower control arm for safety.
- Remove the two lower nuts that attach the strut to the spindle, leaving the bolts in place. Carefully remove both spindle-to-strut bolts, then push the bracket free of the spindle and remove the strut.
- Compress the strut to clear the upper mount of the body mounting pad. If necessary, remove the upper mount and jounce bumper.
The upper insulator mounts, if damaged and in need of replacement, can be removed after the strut is removed from the vehicle. Pull the upper and lower insulators out of the bracket assembly.
- If removed, install the upper insulators in the bracket assembly.
- Position the upper strut shaft through the insulator mounts and camber plate, then start the central mounting nut.
- Compress the strut and position the lower end in the spindle. Install two new lower retaining bolts and hand-start the nuts. Remove the suspension load from the control arm by slowly lowering the floor jack until the arm hangs without any support from the jack. Tighten the lower retaining nuts to the figures given in the torque specifications chart.
- Raise the suspension control arm (to position the suspension at normal ride height) and tighten the upper mount retaining nut to 55-92 ft. lbs. (75-125 Nm).
- Remove the safety chain from the lower control arm and coil spring.
- Install the brake anti-lock sensor bracket, along with the anti-lock sensor, caliper and front wheel.
- Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle to the ground.
- Tighten the wheel lug nuts in a crisscross pattern to specifications.
- Have the front end alignment checked and adjusted, if necessary, by a professional automotive technician.