GM Cadillac 1967-1989 Repair Guide

Damper Strut

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

1986-89 Eldorado and Seville
  1. Raise and support the vehicle on safety stands. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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  3. Disconnect the Electronic Level Control (ELC) height sensor link if the left strut is to be removed.
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  5. Reinstall two wheel nuts in order to hold the rotor on the hub and bearing assembly.
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  7. Remove the stabilizer bar mounting bolt at the strut, if so equipped.
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  9. Remove the brake caliper without disconnecting the hydraulic lines and wire it out of the way.
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  11. Loosen the knuckle pivot bolt on the outer end of the control arm. Do not remove it!
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  13. Remove the upper strut rod cap, mounting nut, retainer and insulator.
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  15. Compress the strut by hand and remove the lower insulator.
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  17. Rotate the strut and knuckle assembly outward by pivoting on the knuckle pivot bolt.
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  19. Remove the knuckle pinch bolt. Remove the strut from the knuckle. Inspect the upper and lower strut insulators for cuts, cracks, tears or other damage. Replace if necessary.
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To install:
  1. Position the strut in the knuckle so that it is fully seated with the tang on the strut bottomed in the knuckle slot.
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  3. Install the knuckle pinch bolt and tighten to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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  5. Install the lower insulator on the strut, then position the strut rod in the suspension crossmember assembly.
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  7. Install the upper insulator and retainer. Tighten the nut upper strut nut to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm). Tighten the knuckle pivot bolt to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
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  9. Install the strut rod cap and the stabilizer bar mounting bolt. Tighten the bolt to 43 ft. lbs. (58 Nm).
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  11. Installation of the remaining components is in the reverse order of removal.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Damper strut mounting - 1986-89 Eldorado and Seville

 
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