See Figure 1
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 2, 3 and 41984-85 Models
- Raise and support the vehicle safely on jackstands. Position jackstands on the frame pads slightly in front of the rear wheels.
- Open the trunk and loosen, but do not remove the two nuts retaining the upper strut mount to the body.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly. Raise the control arm slightly with a floor jack and support the arm on a jackstand. Do not jack the arm more than necessary. Just relieve the suspended position.
- Remove the bolt that retains the brake hose to the strut. Position the hose out of the way of the strut assembly.
- Remove the jounce bumper retaining bolts and remove the bumper from the strut.
- Disconnect the lower strut mounting from the spindle. Remove the two top mounting nuts. Remove the strut assembly from the vehicle.
- Install the strut assembly to the vehicle, inserting the top end first. Place the nuts on the tower studs and hand tighten. Connect the lower portion to the spindle and insert the bolts and tighten to 70-96 ft. lbs. (94.8-130 Nm).
- Connect the brake hose to the strut assembly and tighten the bolts to 7-10 ft. lbs. (9-14 Nm).
- Install the wheel and lugs. Tighten the lug nuts to specification.
- Lower the vehicle and tighten the tower nuts to 25-30 ft. lbs. (34-41 Nm).
- Road test the vehicle.
- Open luggage compartment and loosen but do not remove the nuts retaining the upper strut mount to the body.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstand, remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Place a jack stand under the control arms to support the suspension.
Care should be taken when removing the strut that the rear brake flex hose is not stretched or the steel brake tube is not bent.
- Remove bolt attaching brake hose bracket to strut and move it aside.
- Remove the 2 bolts attaching the shock strut to spindle.
- Remove the 2 upper mount-to-body nuts.
- Lower and remove the strut assembly from the vehicle.
- Place strut, spring and upper mount assembly in a spring compressor.
Do not attempt to remove shaft nut by turning shaft and holding nut. Nut must be turned and shaft held to avoid possible fracture of shaft at base of hex.
- With the spring compressed, remove strut shaft-to-mount nut and then remove spring, strut and mount from compressor tool.
- With the spring compressed, install spring, spring insulator, top mount and upper washer on strut shaft.
- Ensure spring is properly located in upper and lower spring seats. The spring end must be within 0.39 in. (10mm) of the step in the spring seat.
- Tighten shaft nut to 35-50 ft. lbs. (48-68 Nm). Use 18mm deep socket to turn the nut and 1 / 4 drive 8mm deep socket to hold shaft so it will not turn while tightening the nut.
- Remove the assembled strut from the compressor, and position unit into vehicle.
- Insert 2 upper mount studs into strut tower and hand start the new nuts. Do not tighten at this time.
- Position spindle into lower strut mount and install 2 new bolts. Tighten to 70-96 ft. lbs. (95-130 Nm).
- Install brake flex-hose bracket on the strut.
- Install wheel and tire.
- Remove jack stand and lower vehicle to the ground.
- Tighten 2 top mount-to-body nuts to 25-30 ft. lbs. (27-41 Nm).
- Road test the vehicle.