REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 11986-89 Eldorado and Seville
- Raise and support the vehicle on safety stands. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Disconnect the Electronic Level Control (ELC) height sensor link if the left strut is to be removed.
- Reinstall two wheel nuts in order to hold the rotor on the hub and bearing assembly.
- Remove the stabilizer bar mounting bolt at the strut, if so equipped.
- Remove the brake caliper without disconnecting the hydraulic lines and wire it out of the way.
- Loosen the knuckle pivot bolt on the outer end of the control arm. Do not remove it!
- Remove the upper strut rod cap, mounting nut, retainer and insulator.
- Compress the strut by hand and remove the lower insulator.
- Rotate the strut and knuckle assembly outward by pivoting on the knuckle pivot bolt.
- 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.
- Position the strut in the knuckle so that it is fully seated with the tang on the strut bottomed in the knuckle slot.
- Install the knuckle pinch bolt and tighten to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
- Install the lower insulator on the strut, then position the strut rod in the suspension crossmember assembly.
- 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).
- Install the strut rod cap and the stabilizer bar mounting bolt. Tighten the bolt to 43 ft. lbs. (58 Nm).
- Installation of the remaining components is in the reverse order of removal.