Subaru Forester 1998-05

Coil Springs


Removal & Installation

Do not remove the large nut on top of the strut assembly unless the coil spring is properly compressed with a spring compressor.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  3. Remove the strut assembly.
  5. Place the strut assembly in a vise with a holding tool and install a spring compressor.
  7. Compress the spring slightly.
  9. Loosen but do not remove the bearing cap locknut.
  11. Unload the spring seat using the spring compressor, then remove the locknut.
  13. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Strut bearing cap, mounting insulator bracket and upper spring seat
    Coil spring and compressor. If the spring is being replaced, slowly release the spring from the compressor and compress the new coil spring.
    Strut boot and rebound bumper from the strut, inspect and replace if worn
    Strut retainer nut and the strut insert from the assembly


To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Strut into the chamber
    Retainer nut. Tighten the nut until snug.
    Rebound bumper and the boot to the strut piston rod
    Coil spring on the strut assembly
    Upper spring seat, mounting insulator and bearing cap
    Locknut. Tighten it to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
    Spring compressor from the coil spring


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    Fig. Exploded view of the front suspension

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    Fig. Exploded view of the rear suspension

Refer to -Front Suspension, MacPherson Strut, Overhaul- in this section to remove the coil spring.