Removal & Installation
Refer to -Rear Suspension, MacPherson Strut, Overhaul- in this section to remove the coil spring.
Do not remove the large nut on top of the strut assembly unless the coil spring is properly compressed with a spring compressor.
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
Remove the strut assembly.
Place the strut assembly in a vise with a holding tool and install a spring compressor.
Compress the spring slightly.
Loosen but do not remove the bearing cap locknut.
Unload the spring seat using the spring compressor, then remove the locknut.
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
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
Fig. Exploded view of the rear suspension