MINI 2002-05

Strut (MacPherson Strut) Assembly

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Tire and wheel assembly
     
    ABS cable and brake hose from retainers on strut bracket
     
    Brake caliper from disk and tie out of way
     
    Nut from stabilizer end.
     
    Tie rod end ball joint from steering knuckle
     
    Transverse link ball joint from steering knuckle
     

  4.  
  5. With steering knuckle supported, remove the clamping screw from the lower end of the McPherson strut and detach the steering knuckle from the strut.
  6.  
  7. Remove the 3 upper strut retaining nuts (on top of strut tower).
  8.  
  9. Remove the strut assembly.
  10.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Strut assembly
     
    3 new nuts on strut tower; torque to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm)
     

  2.  
  3. Fit the support bracket into the gap and press the steering knuckle upward until the bolt fits in the bracket hole (lower end of strut). Torque the bolt to 60 ft. lbs. (81 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Remove the steering knuckle support.
  6.  
  7. Install or connect the following:

    Transverse link to steering knuckle; torque new self-locking nut to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm)
     
    Tie rod end to steering knuckle; torque new self-locking nut to 38 ft. lbs. (52 Nm)
     
    New self-locking nut on stabilizer end; torque to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm)
     
    Brake caliper; torque guide pin bolts to 23 ft. lbs. (31 Nm)
     
    ABS cable and brake hose to strut retainers
     
    Front wheel
     

  8.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Tire and wheel assembly
     
    ABS cable and brake hose from retainers on strut bracket
     
    Brake caliper from disk and tie out of way
     
    Nut from stabilizer end.
     
    Tie rod end ball joint from steering knuckle
     
    Transverse link ball joint from steering knuckle
     

  4.  
  5. With steering knuckle supported, remove the clamping screw from the lower end of the McPherson strut and detach the steering knuckle from the strut.
  6.  
  7. Remove the 3 upper strut retaining nuts (on top of strut tower).
  8.  
  9. Remove the strut assembly.
  10.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Strut assembly
     
    3 new nuts on strut tower; torque to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm)
     

  2.  
  3. Fit the support bracket into the gap and press the steering knuckle upward until the bolt fits in the bracket hole (lower end of strut). Torque the bolt to 60 ft. lbs. (81 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Remove the steering knuckle support.
  6.  
  7. Install or connect the following:

    Transverse link to steering knuckle; torque new self-locking nut to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm)
     
    Tie rod end to steering knuckle; torque new self-locking nut to 38 ft. lbs. (52 Nm)
     
    New self-locking nut on stabilizer end; torque to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm)
     
    Brake caliper; torque guide pin bolts to 23 ft. lbs. (31 Nm)
     
    ABS cable and brake hose to strut retainers
     
    Front wheel
     

  8.  

 
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