REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Remove the strut.
- Place the strut in a vice and install a spring compressor onto the coil spring. Follow the spring compressor manufacturer's instructions.
- Compress the spring and remove the self-locking nut from the strut. Disassemble the strut mounts and remove the coil spring.
- Inspect the strut mounts for wear and damage. Replace any damaged or worn parts.
Use new self-locking nuts when assembling and installing the struts.
- 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.
- Assemble the strut mount and washer onto the strut. Tighten the self-locking nut to 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm). Remove the spring compressor.
- Install the strut into the vehicle. Hand-tighten the mounting nuts.
- Fit the strut into position on the knuckle. Install the mounting bolt.
- Place a jack under the lower strut mount. Raise the jack until the weight of the vehicle is on the jack.
- 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).
- Install the rear wheel. Lower the vehicle to the ground.
- Tighten the wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
- Install the rear seat side bolsters and fold the seat back into place.
- Check and adjust the vehicle's rear wheel alignment.