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    Honda Civic/CRX/del Sol 1984-1995 Repair Guide

    Damper Struts

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    REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



    Except 1984-87 2WD Wagon

    See Figures 1 through 10



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    Fig. Fig. 1: Removing the rear strut assembly-1984-87 models (except 4WD Wagon)

    1. On Civic Hatchback, Wagon and CRX models, remove the strut upper cover from inside the vehicle and remove the upper strut retaining nuts.
    2.  
    3. On Civic Sedan models remove the strut upper cover from inside the trunk and remove the upper strut retaining nuts.
    4.  
    5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    6.  
    7. Remove the rear wheel and tire assembly.
    8.  
    9. Remove the strut mounting bolt, lower the suspension and remove the strut.
    10.  
    11. Install the strut assembly into position by sliding up and into place. Tighten the strut lower mounting bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) with the strut under vehicle load. Tighten the upper strut retaining nuts to 29 ft. lbs. (40 Nm)
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    Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the trim cap covering the phillips screw and remove the screw-1984-87 style CRX shown



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    Fig. Fig. 3: To access the top of the rear shock absorber, the cover must be removed-1984-87 style CRX shown



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    Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the rubber cap from atop the shock absorber



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    Fig. Fig. 5: Using an Allen wrench to keep the shaft from spinning and a box-end wrench, loosen the nut



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    Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the nut and the washer beneath it



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    Fig. Fig. 7: Remove the bushing and the shock absorber is free to be removed, provided the lower mount is detached as well



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    Fig. Fig. 8: The lower through-bolt that secured the original shock absorber to the suspension on this 8-year old car was rusted solid and had to be cut off



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    Fig. Fig. 9: Once completely detached remove the shock absorber from the car



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    Fig. Fig. 10: Once free, the spring is easily removed from the damper body

    1984-87 2WD Wagon
    1. Raise the rear of the vehicle and support is securely on stands. Remove the rear wheels.
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    3. Support the rear axle securely on a floor jack. On each side, remove the damper cover from inside the vehicle; then remove the self-locking nut. To remove the self-locking nut, use an Allen wrench to hold the shock absorber rod.
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    5. Lower the axle carefully until all spring pressure is released. Remove the self-locking bolt from the lower end of the damper. Remove the damper assembly and the spring and upper spring seat above it.
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    7. To install the struts, first fit the upper spring seat into the frame. Install the spring and then the bolt fastening the lower strut to the axle. Just tighten the bolt slightly. Perform this step on both sides.
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    9. Fit the damper upper rubber mount into the body (on both sides). Then, carefully jack up the axle, making sure the damper shaft fits into the hole in the body far enough that you can install the self-locking retaining nut just far enough so that all threads are engaged. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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    11. Final tighten the self-locking bolts at the lower ends of the struts to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) and the self-locking nuts on top to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm). Install the damper covers.
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    OVERHAUL



    1. Use a coil spring compressor to disassemble the strut. When assembling the compressor onto the strut, the long studs should be installed so that they are flush with the bottom plate and also flush with the retaining nut on the top end. The adjustable plate in the center cup should be screwed all the way in.
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    3. Insert the strut in the compressor and compress the strut about 2 in. (51mm). Then remove the center retaining nut.
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    5. Loosen the compressor and remove the strut.
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    7. Remove the top plate, rubber protector, spring and rubber bumper.
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    9. Check the shock absorber for oil leaks and check all rubber parts for damage, wear and deterioration. If significant damage is found or the shock absorber leaks, replace it.
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    11. To assemble, compress the spring and rubber parts with the spring compressor according to the manufacturer's directions, and replace the hardware, tightening the self-locking nut to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm.).
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