REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4
- Position a jack under the vehicle, then raise it only enough to contact the vehicle.
- Open the trunk, then loosen, but do not remove, the three nuts retaining the shock absorber bracket to the car's body.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
Do not raise or support the vehicle using the tension struts.
- Remove the bolt retaining the brake differential control valve/brake load sensor proportioning valve to the control arm. Using a wire, secure the control arm to the body to ensure proper support, leaving at least 6 in. (152mm) clearance to assist in the strut removal.
- Remove the brake hose-to-strut bracket clip, then carefully move the hose aside.
- If equipped, remove the stabilizer bar U-bracket from the vehicle.
- If equipped, remove the stabilizer bar-to-stabilizer link nut, washer and insulator, then separate the stabilizer bar from the link.
- Remove the nut, washer and rear strut body end-bushing holding the tension strut and the bushing to the rear wheel spindle. Move the spindle rearward enough to separate it from the tension strut.
When removing the strut, be sure the rear brake flex hose is not stretched or the steel brake tube is not bent.
- Remove the shock strut-to-spindle pinch bolt. If necessary, use a medium prybar, slightly spread the strut-to-spindle pinch joint to remove the strut. Discard the bolt and replace it during installation.
- Lower the jackstand, then separate the shock strut from the spindle.
- Remove the nut, washer and lower suspension arm stabilizer bar insulator attaching the link to the rear shock absorber, then remove the stabilizer bar link.
- From inside the trunk, remove and discard the three upper mount-to-body nuts. Be careful that the shock absorber does not drop when removing the three nuts, then remove the shock absorber from the vehicle.
- Position the stabilizer bar link in the strut bracket. Install the insulator, washer and nut, then tighten to 5-7 ft. lbs. (7-9.5 Nm).
- Insert the three upper mount studs into the strut tower in the apron, then hand-start three new nuts. Do not tighten the nuts at this time.
- Partially raise the vehicle.
- Install the strut into the spindle pinch joint. Install a new pinch bolt into the spindle and through the strut bracket. Tighten the bolt to 50-68 ft. lbs. (68-92 Nm).
- Move the spindle rearward, then install the tension strut and bushing into the spindle. Install the insulator, washer and nut on the tension strut. Tighten the nut to 35-46 ft. lbs. (47-63 Nm).
- Position the link into the stabilizer bar. Install the insulator, washer and nut on the link. Tighten to 5-7 ft. lbs. (7-9.5 Nm).
- Position the stabilizer bar U-bracket on the body. Install the bolt, then tighten to 25-33 ft. lbs. (34-46 Nm).
- Install the brake hose to the strut bracket.
- Install the brake control differential valve/brake load sensor proportioning valve on the control arm, then remove the retaining wire.
- In the trunk, tighten the top mount-to-body nuts to 19-25 ft. lbs. (25-34 Nm).
- Install the wheel and tire assembly, then carefully lower the vehicle.
See Figures 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
The following procedure is performed with the strut assembly removed from the car. A MacPherson Strut compression tool is required for the disassembly of the strut; use a cage type tool such as the No. D85P-7181-A, Rotunda Spring Compressor 086-0029B, or equivalent is required.
Before compressing the spring, mark the location of the insulator to the top mount using a grease pencil.
- Remove the rear shock and spring assembly, as outlined in the procedure located earlier in this section.
- Compress the spring with the coil spring compressor D85P-7178-A, 086-0029B or equivalent.
- Place a 10mm box wrench on top of the shock strut shaft, and hold while removing the top shaft mounting nut with a 21mm 6-point crow's foot wrench and ratchet.
It is important that the mounting nut be turned and the rod held still to prevent fracture of the rod at the base of the hex.
- Loosen the spring compressor tool, then remove the top mounting bracket assembly, bearing plate assembly and spring.
Ensure that the correct assembly sequence and proper positioning of the bearing and seat assembly are followed. The bearing and seat assembly is press-fit onto the upper mount. The mount washers must be installed with the proper orientation.
- Inspect the spring to ensure that the dampers, sleeves and clips are properly positioned.
- Install the spring compressor tool No. D85P-7178-A, 086-0029B or equivalent.
- Install the spring, insulator, bottom washer (if equipped), top mount bracket assembly, upper washer and nut.
- Compress the spring with the coil spring compressor tool. Be certain that the spring is properly located in the upper and lower spring seats and that the mount washers are oriented correctly.
- Place a 10mm box-end wrench on the top of the shock strut shaft and hold while tightening the top shaft mounting nut with a 21mm 6-point crow's foot wrench and a ratchet. Tighten the nut to 40-53 ft. lbs. (53-72 Nm).
- The strut assembly may now be installed in the vehicle.