Kia Sorento 2003-05

Strut (MacPherson Strut) Assembly

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
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  3. Loosen battery cable and mounting bolt and then remove battery.
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  5. Remove three shock absorber mounting block nuts from the mounting block.
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  7. Raise the front of the vehicle and support it with safety stands.
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  9. Remove the front wheels.
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  11. Remove the bolt on the steering knuckle side that secures the upper arm ball joint.
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  13. Remove the brake hose bracket and then the remove the upper arm bolts and nuts.
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  15. Remove the strut lower mounting nut.
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  17. Remove the strut from the vehicle.
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To install:



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Fig. Correct strut mount placement

  1. After making sure identification mark on the spring seat. Position the strut assembly into the upper mounting block.
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  3. Install the mounting nuts by 3-4 threads only.
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  5. Insure the front of the vehicle is raised and supported with safety stands.
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  7. Tighten the lower nut of the strut assembly to 88-101 ft. lbs. (122-140 Nm).
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  9. Position the upper arm to the frame brackets, insert the bolts and hand tighten the nuts.
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  11. Install the upper arm ball joint into the top of the steering knuckle and tighten the side bolt and nut to 31-39 ft. lbs. (44-55 Nm).
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  13. Tighten the upper arm bolts and nuts to 54-68 ft. lbs. (76-95 Nm) and then install brake hose brackets.
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  15. Install the front wheels.
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  17. Lower the vehicle.
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  19. Tighten the mounting block nuts to 31-39 ft. lbs. (44-55 Nm).
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  21. Install the battery mounting bracket and the battery.
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  23. Check the front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
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