Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
- Remove the strut from the vehicle and install in a strut spring compressor. Compress the spring until the end of the spring comes away from the spring seat.
- Remove the upper strut mount, spring seat and related components.
Remove the coil spring from the strut spring compressor.
Use a new self-locking nut.
- Compress the spring and position the strut so that the end of the spring aligns with the notch in the spring seat.
- Install the upper strut mounting components and tighten the nut to 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm) for vehicles with 4 cylinder engines or to 33 ft. lbs. (44 Nm) for vehicles with 6 cylinder engines.
- Install the strut to the vehicle.
Check the wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.
When compressing the strut spring, use a commercially available strut spring compressor (Branick MST-580A or Model 7200 or equivalent), according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Compress the strut spring, then remove the self-locking nut (A) while holding the strut rod with a hex wrench (B). Do not compress the spring more than necessary to remove the nut.
- Release the pressure from the strut spring compressor, then disassemble the strut.
- Reassemble all the parts, except for the spring.
Compress the strut assembly by hand, and check for smooth operation through a full stroke, both compression and extension. The strut should extend smoothly and constantly when compression is released. If it does not, the gas is leaking and the strut should be replaced.
- Check for oil leaks, abnormal noises, or binding during these tests
Install all the parts except the self-locking nut onto the strut. Align the bottom of the spring (A) and the stepped part of the lower spring seat (B).
Align the stamp of the upper spring seat (A) and the spring mount rubber (B) as shown, and then set it on the spring.
Align the stamp (A) on the upper spring seat with the spring mounting cushion as shown. Install the strut assembly on a commercially available strut spring compressor.
- Compress the strut spring.
- Install a new self-locking nut.
- Hold the strut rod using a hex wrench, and tighten the self-locking nut.