Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Support the lower control arm with a jack.
- Remove the bolts or clips attaching the brake hose and/or Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) sensor harness to the strut.
- Remove the stabilizer control link from the bracket mounted to the strut, Rio only.
- Paint alignment marks on the upper strut mounting block and strut tower, and on the lower strut mount-to-steering knuckle so the strut can be reinstalled in the same position.
- Remove the lower strut-to-knuckle bolts.
- Remove the upper strut mounting block nuts. There may be 2 or 3 nuts, depending on model.
Remove the strut assembly.
- Install the strut into the strut tower, aligning the paint marks made during removal.
- Install the strut mounting nuts. Tighten to 17-22 ft. lbs. (23-29 Nm) for Sephia and Spectra, to 34-46 ft. lbs. (43-61 Nm) for Rio or to 30-36 ft. lbs. (40-50 Nm) for Optima.
- Install the strut-to-knuckle bolts and tighten to 69-86 ft. lbs. (93-116 Nm) for Sephia and Spectra, to 76-90 ft. lbs. (103-123 Nm) for Rio or 44-59 ft. lbs. (60-80 Nm) for Optima.
- Install the stabilizer control link to the strut mounted bracket. Torque the bolts to 32-45 ft. lbs. (43-61 Nm).
- Install the clips or bolts attaching the brake hose and/or ABS sensor harness.
- Install the wheel and tire assembly.
- Check the front end alignment.
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
- Remove the strut from the vehicle.
- Install the strut securely in a vise with either aluminum or copper plates to protect the strut.
- Loosen the piston rod upper nut several turns but DO NOT REMOVE IT.
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.
CAUTIONFailure to fully compress the spring and hold it securely can be extremely dangerous.
- Slowly release the coil spring tension.
- Remove the suspension support, dust seal, spring seat, spring insulators, coil spring and bumper.
- 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.
- Push the piston rod in, then release it. Be sure that the return rate is constant.
- If the shock absorber does not operate as described, replace it.
- Install the strut assembly into a vise.
- Install the bound stopper and dust boot onto the piston rod.
- Install the coil spring and compress the coil spring with the spring compressor.
- 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.
- 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.
- Be sure that the spring is well seated in the upper seats.
- Install the strut to the vehicle.