Removal & Installation
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the rear wheels.
- Support the rear torsion beam assembly with a jack.
Open the trunk and remove the two nuts attaching the strut to the vehicle.
CAUTIONDo not remove the center locknut from the strut assembly until the strut is safely compressed.
- Remove the bolt attaching the strut to the rear torsion beam assembly and remove the strut.
- Place the strut assembly in a vise with the special holding tool HT71780000 or in a spring compressor.
Loosen the piston rod locknut.
CAUTIONDo not remove the piston rod locknut, the spring is under tension and can cause serious personal injury.
Compress the spring with the spring compressor then remove the piston rod locknut.
NOTEBefore removing the strut from the coil spring, note the positioning of the strut in relationship to the coil spring for reassembly.
- Remove the bushing, strut mounting bracket, and the upper spring seat rubber.
- Remove the strut, leaving the coil spring compressed.
- Remove the bushing, bound bumper cover, and the bound bumper.
- Install the bound bumper, bound bumper cover, and the bushing.
- Install the strut into the coil spring, make sure the strut and spring are properly positioned.
- Install the upper spring seat rubber, strut mounting bracket, and the bushing. Make sure that the mounting bracket is properly positioned.
- Install the piston rod locknut then remove the spring compressor.
- Torque the piston rod locknut to 13-17 ft. lbs. (18-24 Nm).
- Install the strut into the vehicle and install new attaching nuts. Torque the nuts to 12-14 ft. lbs. (16-19 Nm).
- Position the strut on the rear torsion beam and install the bolt. Torque the bolt attaching the strut to the torsion beam assembly to 72-87 ft. lbs. (98-118Nm).
- Remove the support from the rear torsion beam.
- Install the rear wheels and lower the vehicle.
- Check the vehicle's alignment and adjust as necessary.