Subaru Forester 1998-05

Shock Absorbers

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Removal & Installation



Refer to -Rear Suspension, MacPherson Strut, Overhaul- in this section to remove the shock absorber.

Testing & Inspection



  1. Check for oil leakage.
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  3. Move the piston rod up and down to check it operates smoothly without any binding.
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  5. Measure the play as follows:
    1. Fix outer shell in a vice and fully extend the rod.
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    3. Set a dial gauge at 0.39 in (10 mm) from the end of the rod, then apply a force of W 4 lb (20 N) to threaded portion.
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    5. With the force of 4 lb (20 N) applied, read dial gauge indication..
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    7. Apply a force of 4 lb (20 N) in the opposite direction of -W-, then read dial gauge indication.
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    9. If the difference of the two is more than 0.031 in. (0.8 mm), replace the strut.

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      Fig. Use a dial gauge to check the free play of the strut

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