Honda Cars 2007-2008

Struts (MacPherson Struts)

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Overhaul



Specific to:

Honda Accord 2007-2008

Honda Civic 2007-2008

Honda S2000 2007-2008

  1. Compress the damper spring with a commercially available strut spring compressor according to the manufacturer-s instructions.
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  3. Remove the self locking nut while holding the damper shaft with a hex wrench. Do not compress the spring more than necessary to remove the nut.
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  5. Release the pressure from the strut spring compressor. Disassemble the damper assembly. Reassemble all parts, except the spring.
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  7. Compress the damper assembly by hand and check for smooth operation thru full stroke, both compression and extension.
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  9. The damper should extend smoothly and constantly when compression is released. If not, gas is leaking and the damper should be replaced.
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  11. Install all parts except the self locking nut onto the damper unit.
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  13. Align the bottom of the spring and the stepped part of the lower spring seat. The hole in the upper spring seat and the arrow on the damper mounting base must point toward the knuckle mounting area.
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  15. Install the damper assembly on a commercially available strut spring compressor.
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  17. Compress the damper spring with the strut spring compressor. Install a new self locking nut on the damper shaft.
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  19. Hold the damper shaft with a hex wrench and tighten the self locking nut.
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Removal & Installation



Specific to:

Honda Accord 2007-2008

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the rear tires.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear bulkhead cover. Remove the seat side bolster.
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  7. Remove the two flange nuts, while holding the joint pin. Disconnect the stabilizer link from the stabilizer bracket.
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  9. Remove the flange bolt from the knuckle. Lower the rear suspension and remove the damper from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Position the damper assembly in the vehicle.
    NOTE
    Damper springs are different for the left and right side. Mark the springs prior to removal.

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  3. Loosely install the flange nuts onto the top of the damper.
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  5. Loosely install the flange bolt on the bottom of the damper.
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  7. Connect the stabilizer link on the bracket and loosely install the flange nut.
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  9. Raise the floor jack until the suspension begins to compress. Tighten the bolts.
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  11. Continue the installation in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
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Specific to:

Honda Civic 2007-2008

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the rear tires.
  2.  
  3. Position a floor jack at the connecting point of the trailing arm and the knuckle. Raise the floor jack until the suspension begins to compress.
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  5. Remove the flange bolt and discard it.
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  7. Remove the trunk side trim panel.
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  9. Remove the self locking nut while holding the damper shaft. Compress the damper unit, by hand, and remove it from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Position the damper assembly in the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Position a floor jack under the trailing to support the suspension. Install a new damper mounting bolt.
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  5. Loosely tighten the damper mounting bolt. Raise the floor jack until the suspension begins to compress. Tighten the damper mounting bolt.
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  7. Continue the installation in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
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Specific to:

Honda S2000 2007-2008

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the spare tire from the trunk.
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  5. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the rear tires.
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  7. Remove the flange nuts from the top of the damper.
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  9. Remove the flange bolt from the bottom of the damper.
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  11. Lower the lower arm and remove the damper assembly.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the strut and spring assembly-S2000 Models

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To install:

  1. Position the damper assembly in the vehicle.
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  3. Loosely install new flange nuts onto the damper studs.
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  5. Position the bottom of the damper assembly on the lower arm. Install a new flange bolt.
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  7. Raise the floor jack until the suspension begins to compress. Tighten the damper mounting bolt.
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  9. Continue the installation in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
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Specific to:

Honda Fit 2007-2008

  1. Raise the rear of the vehicle, and support it with safety stands in the proper locations.
  2.  
  3. Remove the rear wheel.
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  5. Position the floor jack under the axle beam. Raise the floor jack until the rear suspension begins to compress.
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  7. Remove the flange bolt from the rear damper.
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  9. Remove the lid from the trunk side trim.
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  11. Remove the self-locking nut while holding the damper shaft with a hex wrench.
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  13. Remove the damper mounting washer and the damper mounting cushion from the top of the damper.
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  15. Compress the damper unit by hand, and remove it from the vehicle. Be careful not to damage the body.
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To install:

  1. Install the damper mounting rubber onto the damper unit. Compress the damper by hand, and move it into position. Be careful not to damage the body.
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  3. Position the floor jack under the axle beam.
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  5. Slowly raise the floor jack until you can align the bolt hole with the holes in the axle beam and the damper, then loosely install the new flange bolts.
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  7. Raise the rear suspension with the floor jack until the vehicle just lifts off the safety stands, then tighten the flange bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
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  9. Install the damper mounting cushion, the damper mounting washer, and a new self-locking nut on the damper shaft.
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  11. Tighten the self-locking nut to 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm), while holding the damper shaft with a hex wrench.
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  13. Install the lid on the trunk side trim.
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  15. Clean the mating surface of the brake drum and the inside of the wheel, then install the rear wheels.
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  17. Check the wheel alignment, and adjust it if necessary.
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