REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 7
- Remove the package tray trim panel and loosen the three nuts attaching the strut to the body.
- Raise the vehicle and remove the rear wheel.
- Remove the brake load sensor from the rear suspension arm.
- Remove the clip holding the brake hose to the strut and position the hose out of the way.
- Remove the stabilizer bar bracket from the body.
- Separate the stabilizer bar from the link.
- Remove the tension strut from the front of the rear wheel spindle. Pull the spindle back to remove the tension strut.
- If required, remove the stabilizer link from the strut.
- Support the spindle with a jack and remove the pinchbolt securing the strut to the spindle. Do not let the assembly hang by the brake line.
- Remove the nuts securing the strut to the body and remove the strut.
- If removed, install the stabilizer link on the strut. Tighten the nut to 62-79 inch lbs. (7-9 Nm).
- Position the strut in the vehicle and install the three upper mounting nuts. Do not tighten the nuts at this time.
- Install the lower end of the strut in the spindle. Use a new pinch bolt tightened to 50-67 ft. lbs. (68-92 Nm).
- Pull the spindle back and install the tension strut. Tighten the nut to 35-46 ft. lbs. (68-92 Nm).
- Connect the link to the stabilizer bar. Tighten the nut to 62-79 inch lbs. (7-9 Nm).
- Install the stabilizer bar bracket on the body. Tighten the bolts to 25 -33 ft. lbs. (34-46 Nm).
- Install the brake hose on the strut.
- Connect the load sensor to the suspension arm.
- Tighten the three upper mounting nuts to 19-25 ft. lbs. (25-34 Nm).
- Install the rear wheel and lower the vehicle.
See Figure 8
- Remove the strut from the vehicle.
- Compress the coil spring using a suitable spring compressor until the spring comes away from the seat.
- Remove the large center nut and slowly release the spring compressor.
- Remove the upper bearing from the strut assembly.
- Remove the spring from the strut assembly.
- Remove the lower spring insulator from the strut.
- If replacing the strut, transfer any necessary components from the old strut.
- Install the lower spring insulator onto the strut.
- Compress the spring and install it on the strut.
- Install the lower washer and upper bearing assembly.
- Install the upper washer and a new nut. Tighten the nut to 39-53 ft. lbs. (53-72 Nm) while holding the rod with a T-50 size Torx® socket.
- Install the strut assembly in the vehicle.