Kia_Sephia_Rio_Spectra_Optima_1998-2006

Coil Springs

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove the strut from the vehicle.
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  5. Install the strut securely in a vise with either aluminum or copper plates to protect the strut.
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  7. Loosen the piston rod upper nut several turns but DO NOT REMOVE IT.
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  9. Install the lower end of the strut in the vise and install a coil spring compressor. Compress the coil spring and remove the upper nut.
    CAUTION
    Failure to fully compress the spring and hold it securely can be extremely dangerous.

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  11. Slowly release the coil spring tension.
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  13. Remove the suspension support, dust seal, spring seat, spring insulators, coil spring and bumper.
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  15. While pushing on the piston rod, be sure that the pull stroke is even and that there is no unusual noise or resistance. Also inspect for any oil leakage around the piston rod.
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  17. Push the piston rod in, then release it. Be sure that the return rate is constant.
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  19. If the shock absorber does not operate as described, replace it.
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To assemble:

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Fig. Exploded view of the front strut assembly



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Fig. Exploded view of the rear strut assembly

  1. Install the strut assembly into a vise.
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  3. Install the bound stopper and dust boot onto the piston rod.
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  5. Install the coil spring and compress the coil spring with the spring compressor.
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  7. Install the rubber seat, the spring upper seat, the bearing and the mounting block. Be sure that the spring upper seat notched portion is facing inward and tighten the piston rod upper nut.
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  9. Remove the spring compressor from the strut. Secure the upper mounting block in the vise. Tighten the nut to 41-50 ft. lbs. (55-68 Nm) for the front strut and 47-59 ft. lbs. (64-80 Nm) for the rear strut.
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  11. Be sure that the spring is well seated in the upper seats.
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  13. Install the strut to the vehicle.
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