Removal & Installation
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
Remove or disconnect the following:
The carpet, pull it back from the rear strut tower
The plastic cover from the top of the strut tower
Both strut assembly-to-chassis nuts
The rear wheel
The splash shield from the upper strut mount
The strut-to-rear knuckle bolt
The strut by pushing the rear suspension downward and tilting the top of the strut outward
Fig. Access the rear strut upper mounting from inside the trunk
Fig. View of the rear strut lower mounting
Install the or connect the following:
The strut by pushing the rear suspension downward and inserting the top of the strut into the vehicle
The strut-to-rear knuckle bolt and torque the bolt to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm)
The strut upper mounting nuts and torque the nuts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
The strut top cover
The rear wheel. Tighten the wheel lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm)
Testing & Inspection
Check the rubber parts for damage or deterioration.
Check for the correct height and the proper return of the shock absorber to the original height.
Check the shock absorber for abnormal resistance or unusual sounds.
Check for oil leakage around the seals.
Replace if necessary.