RX300 1999

Struts (MacPherson Struts)

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Disassembly & Assembly



Specific to:

Lexus RX300 1999-2003

  1. Install 2 nuts and a bolt to the bracket at the lower side of the shock absorber and secure it in a vise.
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    Fig. Mounting the strut in a vise

  3. Using SST, compress the coil spring. SST 09727-30021
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  5. Remove the nut.
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    Fig. Removing the nut

  7. Remove the collar.
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  9. Remove the suspension support.
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  11. Remove the coil spring.
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  13. Remove the spring bumper. Remove the lower insulator.
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To assemble:

  1. Install the coil spring to the shock absorber. Fit the lower end of the coil spring into the gap of the spring lower seat.
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    Fig. Installing the spring

  3. Align the suspension support with the lower bracket as shown.
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    Fig. Align the suspension support with the lower bracket

  5. Install the collar.
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  7. Torque to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
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  9. Remove the SST from the coil spring.
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Removal & Installation



Specific to:

Lexus RX300 1999-2000

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Deck side cover
     
    Rear wheels
     
    Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) sensor from the strut bracket
     
    Flexible brake hose from the strut
     
    Sway bar link from the strut
     
    Loosen the 2 lower strut mounting bolts
     

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  5. Support the rear axle carrier with a jack.
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  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    3 upper strut mounting nuts
     
    Strut, by lower the rear axle
     

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To install:

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Fig. Exploded view of the rear strut assembly-RX 300

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Strut
     
    Both lower strut mounting bolts, but do not tighten
     
    Axle carrier by aligning the 3 upper mounting studs. Tighten the nuts to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
     

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  3. Lower the axle carrier.
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  5. Install or connect the following:

    Tighten both lower mounting bolts to 188 ft. lbs. (255 Nm).
     
    Sway bar link. Tighten the nut to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
     
    Flexible brake hose and the ABS sensor to the strut
     
    Rear wheels and the deck side cover
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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