REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 and 2
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Raise and safely support vehicle.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Remove the brake hose and tube bracket retainer bolt and bracket from the front strut. Do not pry the brake hose and tube clamp away when removing.
- If equipped with ABS, disconnect the front speed sensor mounting clamp from the strut.
- Support the lower arm using floor jack or equivalent. Remove the lower strut to knuckle bolts. Once the mounting bolts have been removed, jack up the lower arm. Use a piece of wire to attach the brake hose, tube and driveshaft to the knuckle and to help keep the weight off. These components are not to be pulled.
- Before removing the top bolts, make matchmarks on the body and the strut insulator for proper reassembly. If this plate is installed improperly, the wheel alignment will be wrong. Remove the strut upper mounting bolts. Remove the strut assembly from the vehicle.
- Install the strut to the vehicle and install the top mounting bolts. Make sure the insulator is installed so the matchmarks made during disassembly are in alignment. Tighten the mounting bolts to 36 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
- Position the strut on the knuckle and install the mounting bolts. While holding the head of the lower mounting bolt, tighten the nuts to 80-101 ft. lbs. (110-140 Nm).
Install the brake hose bracket and the ABS clamp.
- Install the wheel and tire assembly.
- Carefully lower the vehicle.
- Take the vehicle to a reputable repair shop to have the alignment checked and adjusted, if necessary.
See Figures 3 through 11
- Remove the top shock absorber assembly mounting nuts from inside the engine compartment.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Remove the stabilizer link mounting nut.
- Unfasten the shock absorber assembly lower mounting bolts.
- Remove the damper fork mounting bolt, then remove the damper fork from the vehicle.
- Remove the shock absorber assembly by maneuvering it out of the vehicle.
- Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Be sure to tighten the retainers to the specifications shown in the accompanying figure.
See Figures 12 through 18
- Remove the strut from the vehicle.
- Remove the dust cover from the top of the strut.
The self-locking nut should only be loosened. Do not remove the nut.
- While holding the spring upper seat with retainer tool CT-1112 or equivalent, loosen the self-locking nut.
- Place the strut assembly in a soft-jawed vise, then carefully compress the coil spring using spring compressor tool C-4838 or equivalent. Install the compressor tools so they are of equal distance apart. Tighten the compressor tools slowly and evenly. Do not use air tools on the spring compressors.
- Once the spring is compressed, remove the locknut.
- Remove the strut insulator, spring seat spring pad, bumper rubber and dust cover. Remove the coil spring.
- Inspect all parts for rust, damage or corrosion and replace as required.
- Install the spring onto the strut assembly.
- Join the dust cover and the bump rubber and install onto the strut.
- Assembly the spring upper seat tot he piston rod, fitting the notch in the rod to the shaped hole in the spring seat. Line up the holes in the strut assembly spring lower seat with the hole in the spring upper seat. This is made easier using a long piece of stock to act as a guide.
- Install the strut insulator.
- Install the self-locking nut. With the coil spring held compressed, provisionally tighten the self-locking nut. Correctly align both ends of the coil spring with the grooves in the spring seat, and loosen the spring compressor tool.
- While holding the spring upper seat with tool CT-1112 or equivalent, tighten the new locknut to 43-51 ft. lbs. (60-70 Nm).
- Apply multi-purpose grease to the bearing part of the strut and insulator.
When applying grease to the strut and insulator, make sure the grease does not adhere to the rubber portion of the insulator.
- Install the dust cover onto the strut. Install the strut onto the vehicle.
See Figures 19 through 28
- Remove the shock and strut assembly from the vehicle.
- Use the proper spring compressing tools (MB991237 and MB991239) to compress the coil spring. Make sure to install the tools evenly so the maximum length will be attained within the installation range.
- While holding the piston rod, remove the self-locking nut.
- Remove the washer.
- Remove the upper bushing A, the upper bracket assembly and the upper spring pad.
- Remove the collar, upper bushing B, cup assembly, rubber bumper and dust cover.
- Separate the coil spring and shock absorber assemblies.
- Use the compressor tools to compress the coil spring, then install it to the shock absorber. Align the edge of the coil spring to the stepped portion of the shock absorber spring seat.
- Install the dust cover, rubber bumper, cup, upper bushing B, collar and upper spring pad.
- Install the upper bracket assembly, installing it so the position of the three bolts are in the proper orientation with the damper fork, as shown in the accompanying figure.
- Install the other upper bushing.
- Install the washer and the self-locking nut. Temporarily tighten the self-locking nut, then remove the spring compressor tools and tighten the nut to 14-18 ft. lbs. (20-25 Nm) using a torque wrench. Do not use air tools to tighten the self-locking nut!
- Install the shock absorber assembly in the vehicle.