Honda Civic/Del Sol 1996-2000

Coil Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Damper and coil spring assembly

  1. Remove the strut.
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  3. Place the strut in a vice and install a spring compressor onto the coil spring. Follow the spring compressor manufacturer's instructions.
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  5. Compress the spring and remove the self-locking nut from the strut. Disassemble the strut mounts and remove the coil spring.
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  7. Inspect the strut mounts for wear and damage. Replace any damaged or worn parts.
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To install:

Use new self-locking nuts when assembling and installing the struts.

  1. Install the spring compressor onto the coil spring. Set the spring onto the strut cartridge. The flat part of the coil spring is its top.
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  3. Assemble the strut mount and washer onto the strut. Tighten the self-locking nut to 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm). Remove the spring compressor.
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  5. Install the strut into the vehicle. Hand-tighten the mounting nuts.
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  7. Fit the strut into position on the knuckle. Install the mounting bolt.
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  9. Place a jack under the lower strut mount. Raise the jack until the weight of the vehicle is on the jack.
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  11. With the suspension under load, tighten the lower mount bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm). Tighten the upper nuts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
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  13. Install the rear wheel. Lower the vehicle to the ground.
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  15. Tighten the wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
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  17. Install the rear seat side bolsters and fold the seat back into place.
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  19. Check and adjust the vehicle's rear wheel alignment.
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