Lexus RX300, 330 3 2000-06

Pneumatic Rear Strut

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Removal & Installation



  1. Press the height control switch to disable the system.
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  3. Support the axle carrier with a jack.
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  5. Remove the deck side trim cover.
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  7. Remove the wheel.
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  9. Disconnect the stabilizer link from the strut.
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  11. Disconnect the height control sensor at the strut.
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  13. Disconnect the height control tube at the strut.
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  15. On 2-wheel drive models, disconnect the skid control sensor wire and brake hose from the strut and carrier.
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  17. On 4-wheel drive models, disconnect the brake hose and speed sensor from the strut and carrier.
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  19. Loosen the 2 nuts at the lower end of the strut, but don-t remove them.
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  21. Remove the 3 upper strut nuts and lower the axle.
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  23. Remove the lower strut bolts and nuts. Lift out the strut.
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To install:

  1. Coat new O-rings and plate with multi-purpose grease and install them on the tube.
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  3. Connect the height control tube. It helps to push the tube into place with a piece of rolled up cardboard. Push the connector into place until a click is heard. Turn the connection 90 degrees and lightly pull on the tube to make sure it-s secure.
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  5. Position the strut and install the 3 upper nuts. Torque to 43 ft. lbs. (58 Nm).
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  7. Raise the axle and install the lower bolts and nuts. Torque to 133 ft. lbs. (180 Nm).
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  9. The remainder of installation is the reverse of removal. Observe the following torques:

    Brake hose clamp: 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm)
     
    Wire-to-strut clamp: 44 inch lbs. (5 Nm)
     
    Sensor clamp: 71 inch lbs. (8 Nm)
     
    Stabilizer link: 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm)
     

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