Malibu, Malibu MAXX 2006-2008

Coil Springs

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove the strut assembly.
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  5. Place the strut assembly into the J 45400.
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  7. Adjust the compressing arms to contact the coils farthest away from the center of the spring.
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  9. Using the J 45400, compress the spring to remove the spring tension from the upper strut mount.
    NOTE
    Before removing the strut shaft nut, support the strut to prevent the strut from falling.

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  11. Remove the strut shaft nut, while holding the strut shaft.

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    Fig. Strut shaft nut removal with spring tension removed

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  13. Lower the strut from the spring and the J 45400.
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  15. Remove the upper strut mount assembly and mount bearing. Inspect for damage and replace as necessary.
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  17. Remove the upper spring seat and insulator from the spring and the J 45400. Inspect for damage and replace as necessary.
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  19. Using the J 45400, remove the spring tension in order to remove the spring. Inspect for damage and replace as necessary.
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  21. Remove the dust shield and jounce bumper assembly from the strut shaft. Inspect for damage and replace as necessary
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  23. Remove the lower spring seat insulator. Inspect for damage and replace as necessary.
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To install:

  1. Install the spring into the J 45400. Make sure the spring is level.
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  3. Use the J 45400 to compress the spring evenly.
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  5. Install the lower spring seat insulator.
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  7. Extend the strut shaft to the upper limit of its travel.
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  9. Insert the jounce bumper into the dust shield.
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  11. Slide the dust shield assembly onto the strut shaft.

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    Fig. Spring seat, jounce bumper and dust shield

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  13. Load the strut through the coil spring and the J 45400.
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  15. Firmly align the lower spring coil in the spring seat pocket.
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  17. Place the upper spring insulator and spring seat onto the top of the coil spring.
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  19. Place the bearing and strut mount on the top of the spring seat

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    Fig. Spring insulator, spring seat, bearing and strut mount

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  21. Install the upper strut shaft nut and tighten to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm).
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  23. Using the J 45400, remove the spring tension.
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  25. Remove the strut assembly from the J 45400.
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  27. Install the strut assembly.
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