Nissan Pathfinder 1996-05

Strut (MacPherson Strut) Assembly

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Overhaul (Coil Spring 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. Compress the coil spring and remove the piston rod nut.
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  7. Remove the or disconnect the following:

    Upper strut mount
     
    Strut mount bracket
     
    Upper strut bearing
     
    Spring upper seat
     
    Coil spring
     

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To install:


NOTE
Use new fasteners for assembly.

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Coil spring
     
    Spring upper seat
     
    Upper strut bearing
     
    Strut mount bracket
     
    Upper strut mount. Tighten the piston rod nut to 43-58 ft. lbs. (59-78 Nm).
     

  2.  
  3. Remove the spring compressor and install the strut assembly to the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Check the wheel alignment and adjust, as necessary.
  6.  

Removal & Installation



Air Suspension
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the sub harness connector.
  6.  
  7. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  8.  
  9. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  10.  
  11. Remove the retaining bolts.
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  13. Remove the component from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
    NOTE
    Before installing the actuator, ensure that the shock absorber control rod is aligned with the actuator output shaft. Otherwise damage to the actuator may be damaged.

  2.  

Except Air Suspension
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Stabilizer bar link
     
    Steering knuckle bracket bolts
     
    Upper strut mount nuts
     
    Strut

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    Fig. Exploded view of the front suspension-2WDrive shown



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    Fig. Exploded view of the front suspension-4WD shown



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    Fig. Front strut and related parts-2WD shown



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    Fig. Front strut and related parts-4WD shown

     

  4.  

To install:


NOTE
Use new nuts and bolts for assembly.

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Strut. Tighten the upper strut mount nuts to 22-40 ft. lbs. (30-54 Nm) and the knuckle bracket bolts to 111-122 ft. lbs. (151-165 Nm) for 1996-04 models. To 162 ft. lbs. (220 Nm) for 2005 models.
     
    Stabilizer bar link. Tighten the nut to 61-76 ft. lbs. (83-103 Nm).
     
    Front wheel
     

  2.  
  3. Check the wheel alignment and adjust, as necessary.
  4.  

 
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