REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
The struts and spring are removed as a unit. Disassembly of the strut requires a spring compressor. For strut disassembly, follow the procedure given for front suspension MacPherson struts.
- Raise the car and safely support the rear end with jackstands and a floor jack.
- Open the trunk and remove the three nuts which secure the top of the strut to the body.
- Disconnect the strut at the bottom by removing the bolt at the suspension arm.
- Service the strut as detailed under the Front Suspension procedures.
- Installation is the reverse of removal. Install the strut so that the larger hole on the lower end faces out.
It is necessary throughout strut work to keep all parts absolutely clean. This procedure is for when a shock absorber kit-cartridge is not used.
- Matchmark the strut mounting insulator for reassembly at the same angle.
- Install a spring compressor and compress the spring until the spring insulator can be turned by hand.
- Remove the rebound stop locknut so the threads on the piston rod will not be damaged. Use a tool such as ST35490000 (J26083) or equivalent to remove the packing. Then, force the piston rod downward until it bottoms.
- Withdraw the piston rod and guide from the strut cylinder.
- Pour the correct amount of an approved strut fluid into the strut. Use 11.2 fl. oz. for non-adjustable struts and 11.0 fl. oz. for adjustable struts.
- Then, lubricate the sealing lip of the gland packing. Tape over the strut rod threads and then install the gland packing. Tighten it with the special wrench. Torque to 65-80 ft. lbs.
- Pump the strut rod up and down several times with it in its normal vertical position and upside down to remove airbubbles.
- Install the upper spring seat and mounting insulator. Make sure the matchmark on the insulator corresponds with the location hole on the upper spring seat.
- Position the spring so its end rests against the stop on the lower seat. Install the remaining spring retaining parts including the piston rod self locking nut (torque to 43-58 ft. lbs.) and the upper nut that retains the flexible washer (torque to 26-35 ft. lbs.).