Grand Cherokee 2006-2007

Struts (MacPherson Struts)

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Disassembly & Assembly



Other than replacing the coil spring, the strut assembly is not serviceable.

Removal & Installation



Left Side
  1. Remove the air box cover and air intake hose.
  2.  
  3. Remove the 3 PDC bracket nuts.
  4.  
  5. Move the PDC off to the side to access the four upper shock mount nuts.
  6.  
  7. Remove the four upper strut mount nuts.
  8.  
  9. Raise and support the vehicle.
  10.  
  11. Remove the tire.
  12.  
  13. Remove the two brake caliper adapter bolts.
  14.  
  15. Support the brake caliper adapter and caliper. Do not allow the caliper to hang by the brake hose.
  16.  
  17. Remove the disc brake rotor.
  18.  
  19. Remove the upper ball joint nut.
  20.  
  21. Separate the upper ball joint from the knuckle using special tool 8677.
  22.  
  23. Remove the lower clevis bolt at the lower control arm.
  24.  
  25. Remove the lower stabilizer bolt at the lower control arm.
  26.  
  27. Remove the strut from the vehicle.
  28.  
  29. Remove the spring if necessary.
  30.  

To install:

  1. Install the clevis bracket to the strut and tighten to 90 ft. lbs. (122 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the strut assembly to the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Install the four upper strut nuts, Tighten to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the 3 PDC bracket nuts.
  8.  
  9. Raise the vehicle up.
  10.  
  11. Install the lower stabilizer bolt at the lower control arm and tighten to 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Install the lower clevis bolt at the lower control arm and tighten to 125 ft. lbs. (169 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Install the upper ball joint into the knuckle and tighten the nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Install the disc brake rotor.
  18.  
  19. Install the caliper adapter mounting bolts to 130 ft. lbs. (176 Nm).
  20.  
  21. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
  22.  
  23. Lower the vehicle.
  24.  

Right Side
  1. Remove the air box cover and air intake hose.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the cruise control servo electrical connector.
  4.  
  5. Remove the coolant reservoir mounting bolt and move the coolant reservoir off to the side.
  6.  
  7. Remove the four upper strut mounting nuts.
  8.  
  9. Raise and support the vehicle.
  10.  
  11. Remove the tire.
  12.  
  13. Remove the two brake caliper adapter bolts.
  14.  
  15. Support the brake caliper adapter and caliper. Do not allow the caliper to hang by the brake hose.
  16.  
  17. Remove the disc brake rotor.
  18.  
  19. Remove the upper ball joint nut.
  20.  
  21. Separate the upper ball joint from the knuckle using special tool 8677.
  22.  
  23. Remove the lower clevis bolt at the lower control arm.
  24.  
  25. Remove the lower stabilizer bolt at the lower control arm.
  26.  
  27. Remove the strut from the vehicle.
  28.  
  29. Remove the spring if necessary.
  30.  

To install:

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Fig. Knuckle (1), Lower clevis bolt (2), Lower stabilizer bolt (3)



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Fig. Strut and related components: (1) upper control arm, (2) upper strut mounting holes, (3) strut, (4) strut clevis

  1. Install the clevis bracket to the strut and tighten to 90 ft. lbs. (122 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the strut assembly to the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Install the four upper strut nuts, Tighten to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the coolant reservoir bolt.
  8.  
  9. Reconnect the cruise control servo wiring connector.
  10.  
  11. Install the air box cover and air intake hose.
  12.  
  13. Raise the vehicle up.
  14.  
  15. Install the lower stabilizer bolt at the lower control arm.
  16.  
  17. Install the lower clevis bolt at the lower control arm and tighten to 125 ft. lbs. (169 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Install the upper ball joint into the knuckle and tighten the nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
  20.  
  21. Install the disc brake rotor.
  22.  
  23. Install the caliper adapter mounting bolts to 130 ft. lbs. (176 Nm).
  24.  
  25. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
  26.  
  27. Lower the vehicle.
  28.  

 
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