Kia_Sephia_Rio_Spectra_Optima_1998-2006

Strut (MacPherson Strut) Assembly

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Removal & Installation



Sephia, Spectra & Optima
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove the side trim panels from the inside of the trunk or the rear seat and trim, as required.
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  5. Remove the top mounting nuts from the strut mounting block assembly.
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  7. Remove the rear wheels. The suspension will drop when the weight lifts off the wheels.
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  9. Remove the brake line or wiring retainers as required.
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  11. Remove the bottom strut mount retainers.
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  13. Remove the strut.

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    Fig. Rear suspension component identification-Sephia and Spectra



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    Fig. Exploded view of the rear strut-Optima

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To install:

  1. Install the strut into the strut tower.
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  3. Install the strut mounting nuts and tighten to 17-22 ft. lbs. (23-29 Nm) for Sephia and Spectra, or to 15-18 ft. lbs. (20-25 Nm) for Optima.
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  5. Install the strut-to-knuckle bolts and tighten to 69-86 ft. lbs. (93-116 Nm) for Sephia and Spectra or to 59-66 ft. lbs. (80-90 Nm) for Optima.
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  7. Install the clips or bolts attaching the brake hose and/or ABS sensor harness.
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  9. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
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  11. Install the side trim panels from the inside of the trunk or the rear seat and trim, if removed.
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