Nissan Car 350Z & Maxima 1999-06

Strut (MacPherson Strut) Assembly

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Removal & Installation





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Fig. Exploded view of the rear suspension-2002 Maxima shown

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the rear wheels.
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  7. Support the rear torsion beam assembly with a jack.
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  9. Open the trunk and remove the 2 nuts attaching the strut to the vehicle.
    CAUTION
    Do not remove the center locknut from the strut assembly until the strut is safely compressed.

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  11. Remove the bolt attaching the strut to the rear torsion beam assembly and remove the strut.
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  13. Place the strut assembly in a vise with a holding tool or in a spring compressor.
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  15. Loosen the piston rod locknut.
    CAUTION
    Do not remove the piston rod locknut, the spring is under tension and can cause serious personal injury.

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  17. Compress the spring with the spring compressor, then remove the piston rod locknut.
    NOTE
    Before removing the strut from the coil spring, note the positioning of the strut in relationship to the coil spring for reassembly.

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  19. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Bushing, strut mounting bracket and the upper spring seat rubber
     
    Strut, leaving the coil spring compressed
     
    Bushing, bound bumper cover and the bound bumper
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Bound bumper, bound bumper cover and the bushing
     
    Strut into the coil spring, be sure the strut and spring are properly positioned
     
    Upper spring seat rubber, strut mounting bracket and the bushing. Be sure that the mounting bracket is properly positioned

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    Fig. Positioning of the strut mounting brackets-Maxima

     
    Piston rod locknut. Remove the tool and torque the piston rod locknut to 15-18 ft. lbs. (20-24 Nm) on 1999-02 models
     
    Strut and torque the new nuts to 18-25 ft. lbs. (25-34 Nm) on 1999-02 models
     

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  3. Position the strut on the rear torsion beam and install the bolt. Torque the bolt attaching the strut to the torsion beam assembly to 80-94 ft. lbs. (108-127 Nm) on 1999-02 models.
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  5. Remove the support from the rear torsion beam.
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  7. Install the rear wheels and lower the vehicle.
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  9. Check the vehicle's alignment and adjust as necessary.
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