Miata 1990-1997

Struts (MacPherson Struts)

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Removal & Installation





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Fig. Removal and installation of the strut

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle and remove the rear wheel(s).
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  3. On the left side, remove the fuel filler pipe protector panel.
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  5. Remove the bolt from the lower stabilizer bar connecting link.
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  7. Loosen the upper arm and adjusting cam nuts.
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  9. Remove the upper strut mount nuts and lower mount bolt.
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  11. Lower the upper and lower arms to increase clearance. Lift the spring and strut out as an assembly.
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  13. To remove the coil spring from the strut assembly:
    1. Safely secure the assembly in a vice. Loosen the piston rod upper nut several turns, but do not remove it.
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    3. Assembly special tools 49 G034 101, 102 and 103. Compress the coil spring using the tools.
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    5. Remove the upper nut, and remove the coil spring.
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To install:

  1. Install the coil spring on the strut assembly using the same special tools used to remove it. Tighten the upper nut in a vice with a final torque of 24-33 ft. lbs. (32-46 Nm).
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  3. Install the strut assembly. Torque the upper mount nuts to 22-27 ft. lbs. (30-36 Nm) and the lower mount bolt to 54-69 ft. lbs. (73-93 Nm).
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  5. Tighten the upper arm and adjusting cam nuts.
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  7. Connect the control link to the stabilizer bar, and loosely install the mounting bolt.
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  9. If removed, install the fuel filler pipe protector panel.
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  11. Install the wheel(s), and lower the vehicle.
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  13. Tighten the stabilizer link bolt to 27-40 ft. lbs. (37-54 Nm).
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  15. Adjust the rear wheel alignment.
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