REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4
- Place the ignition key in the unlocked position so that the front wheels can be moved.
- From inside the engine compartment, remove the upper strut to upper mount nut.
- Raise the front of the vehicle and position safety stands under the vehicle.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Remove the brake caliper without disconnecting the fluid hose, and hang out of the way on a wire. Do not allow the caliper to hang by its fluid hose.
- Remove the two lower bolts attaching the strut to the steering knuckle.
- Lift the strut up from the steering knuckle to compress the rod, then pull down and remove the strut.
- Half extend the rod through the upper mount, then hand-start the upper fastener, engaging as many threads as possible.
- Extend the strut and position it onto the steering knuckle.
- Install the lower mount bolts hand-tight.
- Tighten the upper fastener fully.
- Fully tighten the lower bolts only when the front suspension is on the ground. Torque the steering knuckle-to-strut nuts to 125 ft. lbs. (170 Nm) followed by a 120 degree turn. Do not exceed a final torque of 148 Ft. lbs. (200 Nm).
- Install the brake caliper
- Install the wheel and tire assembly.
- Lower the front of the vehicle.
- From inside the engine compartment, tighten the upper strut to upper mount nut to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
- Have the front end aligned.
The OEM domestic struts are serviced by replacement of the entire unit. There is no strut cartridge to replace.