Nissan Stanza/200SX/240SX 1982-1992 Repair Guide

Rear MacPherson Strut

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



240SX

See Figure 1

  1. Block the front wheels.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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The vehicle should be far enough off the ground so the rear spring does not support any weight.

  1. Working inside the luggage compartment, turn and remove the caps above the strut mounts. Remove the strut mounting nuts.
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  3. Remove the mounting bolt for the strut at the lower arm (transverse link) and then lift out the strut.
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  5. Installation is in the reverse order of removal. Install the upper end first and secure with the nuts snugged down but not fully tightened. Attach the lower end of the strut to the transverse link and the tighten the upper nuts to 12-14 ft. lbs. Tighten the lower mounting bolt to 65-80 ft. lbs.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Rear suspension - 240SX

1982-86 Stanza

See Figure 2

  1. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the wheel.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Rear suspension - Stanza 1985

  1. Disconnect the brake tube and parking brake cable.
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  3. If necessary, remove the brake assembly and wheel bearing.
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  5. Disconnect the parallel links and radius rod assembly from the strut or knuckle.
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  7. Support the strut with a jackstand.
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  9. Remove the strut upper end nuts and then remove the strut from the vehicle.
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  11. Install the strut assembly to the vehicle and tighten the strut-to-parallel link nuts to 65-87 ft. lbs., the strut-to-radius rod nuts to 54-69 ft. lbs. and the strut-to-body nuts to 23-31 ft. lbs. Refer to the illustrations.
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  13. Reconnect the brake tube and parking brake cable.
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  15. Install the wheel.
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1987 And Later Stanza

See Figures 3 and 4

  1. Remove wheel and unclip the rear brake line at the strut. Unbolt and remove the brake assembly, wheel bearings and backing plate. Position the brake caliper out of the way and suspend it so as not to stress the brake line.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Rear suspension - Stanza 1988



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Fig. Fig. 4: Rear suspension - Stanza 1992

  1. Remove the radius rod mounting bolt, radius rod mounting bracket.
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  3. Remove the 2 parallel link mounting bolts.
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  5. Remove the rear seat and parcel shelf.
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  7. Position a floor jack under the strut and raise it just enough to support the strut.
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  9. Remove the 3 upper strut mounting nuts and then lift out the strut.
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  11. Install the strut assembly in the vehicle. Tighten all bolts sufficiently to safely support the vehicle and then lower the car to the ground so it rests on its own weight. Tighten the upper strut mounting nuts to 23-31 ft. lbs., the radius rod bracket bolts to 43-58 ft. lbs. and the parallel link mounting bolts to 65-87 ft. lbs.
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  13. Install the brake caliper.
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  15. Install the backing plate, brake assembly and wheel bearings.
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  17. Install the wheel.
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Stanza 4WD Wagon

See Figure 5

  1. Block the front wheels.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle with jackstands.
  4.  
  5. Position a floor jack under the transverse link on the side of the strut to be removed. Raise it just enough to support the strut.
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  7. Open the rear of the car and remove the 3 nuts that attach the top of the strut to the body.
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  9. Remove the wheel.
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  11. Remove the brake line from its bracket and position it out of the way.
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  13. Remove the 2 lower strut-to-knuckle mounting bolts.
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  15. Carefully lower the floor jack and remove the strut.
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  17. Install the strut assembly in the vehicle. Final tightening of the strut mounting bolts should take place with the wheels on the ground and the vehicle unladen. Tighten the upper strut-to-body nuts to 33-40 ft. lbs. Tighten the lower strut-to-knuckle bolts to 111-120 ft. lbs.
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  19. Connect the brake line.
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  21. Install the wheel.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Rear axle and rear suspension - Stanza Wagon 4WD

OVERHAUL



See Figures 6, 7 and 8

It is necessary throughout strut work to keep all parts absolutely clean. This procedure is for when a shock absorber kit-a cartridge is not used. On some applications, the shock absorber assembly must be replaced.

  1. Matchmark the strut mounting insulator for reassembly at the same angle.
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  3. Install a spring compressor and compress the spring until the spring insulator can be turned by hand.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Correct position for spring-rear strut assembly - 240SX



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Fig. Fig. 7: Correct position for upper spring seat-rear strut assembly - 240SX



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Fig. Fig. 8: Correct position for upper spring seat and spring - Stanza

  1. Remove the rebound stop lock-nut 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.
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  3. Withdraw the piston rod and guide from the strut cylinder.
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  5. 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.
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  7. 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.
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  9. Pump the strut rod up and down several times with it in its normal vertical position and upside down to remove air bubbles.
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  11. 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.
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  13. 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.).
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