Removal & Installation
Do not remove the strut rod nut while the strut assembly is installed in the vehicle, or before the coil spring is compressed with a compression tool. The spring is held under high pressure.
At no time when servicing a vehicle can a sheet metal screw, bolt, or other metal fastener be installed in the shock tower to take the place of an original plastic clip. It may come into contact with the strut or the coil spring.
Wheel bearing damage will result if, after loosening the axle hub nut, the vehicle is rolled on the ground or the weight of the vehicle is allowed to be supported by the tires for any length of time.
Inspect the lower control arm for signs of damage from contact with the ground or road debris. If the lower control arm shows any sign of damage, inspect the lower control arm for distortion. Do not attempt to repair or straighten a broken or bent lower control arm. If damaged, the lower control arm is serviced only as a complete assembly. Inspect both of the lower control arm isolator bushings for severe deterioration, and replace as required. If a bushing fails, the lower control arm must be replaced.
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
- Remove the steering knuckle. Refer to Steering Knuckle, removal & installation.
- If the left side lower control arm is being serviced and the vehicle is equipped with a 62TE (6-speed) automatic transaxle, perform the following:
- Remove the front bolt (1) attaching the lower control arm (2) to the cross-member (4).
- Remove the rear bolt (3) and the nut attaching the lower control arm (2) to the cross-member (4).
Remove the lower control arm (2).
- Position the lower control arm (2) into the brackets on the suspension cross-member (4).
- Install the front mounting bolt (1), the rear mounting bolt (2), and the nut attaching the lower control arm to the cross-member. Do not tighten the front bolt (1) at this time. Tighten the rear mounting bolt/nut to 114 ft. lbs. (155 Nm).
- If the left side of the lower control arm is being serviced, and the vehicle is equipped with a 62TE (6-speed) automatic transaxle, reinstall the front and rear engine mount thru-bolts.
- Install the steering knuckle, brake rotor, and caliper. Refer to Steering Knuckle, removal & installation.
- Install the tire and wheel assembly and tighten the wheel mounting nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
- Lower the vehicle.
- Position the vehicle on an alignment rack/drive-on hoist. Raise the hoist as necessary to access the mounting bolts.
- At curb height, tighten the front lower control arm mounting bolt to 114 ft. lbs. (155 Nm).
- Perform a wheel alignment.