Honda Civic/Del Sol 1996-2000

Struts

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. The rear strut upper mounting bolts can be accessed from the trunk



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Fig. Removing the rear strut upper mounting nuts using a box end wrench



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Fig. Once the strut is loosened, pull it down . . .



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Fig. . . . then up . . .



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Fig. . . . and out

  1. Fold the rear seat forward and remove the side bolster cushions. The side bolster cushions are secured by a screw at the bottom and two clips at the top.
  2.  
  3. Remove the strut mount cap. Remove the upper strut mounting nuts.
  4.  
  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Remove the rear wheels.
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  9. Support the knuckle with a floor jack.
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  11. Remove the strut mounting bolt, lower the jack, and remove the strut.
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To install:

Use new self-locking nuts when installing the strut.

  1. Fit the strut into the upper mount. Only hand-tighten the upper mounting nuts.
  2.  
  3. Fit the strut into position on the knuckle. Install the mounting bolt.
  4.  
  5. Place a jack under the lower strut mount. Raise the jack until the weight of the vehicle is on the jack.
  6.  
  7. 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).
  8.  
  9. Install the rear wheel. Lower the vehicle to the ground.
  10.  
  11. Tighten the wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Install the rear seat side bolsters and fold the seat back into place.
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  15. Check and adjust the vehicle's rear wheel alignment.
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OVERHAUL



Refer to the front strut overhaul procedure.

 
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