REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 and 21986-89 Eldorado and Seville
- Raise the vehicle and support it on safety stands. Remove the wheel.
- If removing the left side control arm, disconnect the Electronic Level Control (ELC) height sensor link.
- If equipped with a rear stabilizer bar, remove the bar mounting bolt at the strut.
- Reinstall two wheel bolts to hold the rotor in place on the hub and bearing assembly.
- Remove the brake caliper without disconnecting the hydraulic lines and suspend it out of the way.
- Loosen the knuckle pivot bolt on the outer end of the control arm. DO NOT REMOVE THE PIVOT BOLT AT THIS TIME!
- Remove the strut rod cap, mounting nut, retainer and the upper insulator.
- Carefully compress the strut with your hand, then remove the lower insulator.
- Remove the knuckle pivot bolt while supporting the knuckle. Remove the knuckle, strut, hub and bearing and rotor as an assembly.
- Remove the two inner mounting bolts, then lift out the lower control arm.
- Position the control arm and install both inner mounting bolts. DO NOT TIGHTEN THE BOLTS!
- Position the knuckle, strut, hub and bearing, and the rotor assembly on the control arm, then install the pivot bolt. DO NOT TIGHTEN THE PIVOT BOLT!
- Install the lower strut insulator and position the strut rod in the crossmember assembly.
- Install the upper strut insulator, retainer and nut.
- Now you may tighten all the bolts. Tighten the upper strut nut to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm); the knuckle pivot bolt to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm); and the two inner control arm bolts to 66 ft. lbs. (90 Nm).
- Install the strut rod cap and the stabilizer bar mounting bolt. Tighten it to 43 ft. lbs. (58 Nm).
- Remove the two wheel nuts and install the brake caliper using new mounting bolts. Connect the ELC height sensor link, install the wheel and lower the car.