GM Lumina/Grand Prix/Cutlass Supreme/Regal 1988-1996

Coil Spring

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the rear strut and coil spring assembly



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Fig. Fig. 2: To avoid personal injury, the correct type of spring compressor MUST be used


CAUTION
Springs are under high pressure. DO NOT remove the strut shaft nut without using the proper spring compressing tool!

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the strut assembly from the vehicle, as outlined in this section.
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  5. Mount the strut in spring compressing tools J 34013-B and J 34013-88 or equivalents. Compress the spring using the forcing screw just enough to release the tension from the strut mount.
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  7. Remove the strut shaft nut using the proper size Torx®bit and tool J 35669, or equivalent.
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  9. Relieve all spring tension.
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  11. Remove the spring and strut components.
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  13. Inspect all components for wear and/or damage and replace, as necessary.
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To install:
  1. Assembly the rear spring insulator. The lower spring coil end must be visible between the step and the first retention tab of the insulator.
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  3. Install the rear suspension coil spring.
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  5. Fasten the dust shield to the lower insulator.
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  7. Install the jounce bumper.
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  9. Install the strut mount. The upper spring coil end must be between the step and location mark on the strut mount.
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  11. Align the strut shaft with tool J 35668 or equivalent.
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  13. Compress the strut assembly with tools J 34013-B and J 34018-88 or equivalent.
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  15. Pull the strut shaft through the strut mount and remove tool J 35668.
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  17. Install the strut mount washer and strut mount using tool J 35669 and the proper size Torx®bit. Tighten the strut mount nut to 72 ft. lbs. (98 Nm).
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  19. Install the strut assembly in the vehicle.
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  21. Connect the negative battery cable.
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