Toyota 4Runner 2001-06

Strut (MacPherson Strut) Assembly

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Overhaul (Coil Spring Removal & Installation)



  1. Remove the strut assembly from the vehicle.
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  3. Install a spring compressor to the coil spring, and compress the coil spring until it is clear of the strut assembly at both ends.
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  5. Remove the center nut, then remove the retainers, cushion, suspension support and coil spring.
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  7. Remove the spring compressor from the coil spring.
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To install:

  1. Install the spring compressor to the coil spring.
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  3. Install the coil spring to the shock absorber.
    NOTE
    Fit the lower end of the coil spring into the gap of the spring seat of the shock absorber.

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  5. Install the retainers, suspension support and cushion to the rod. Temporary tighten a new suspension support center nut. Align the suspension support with the shock absorber lower bushing.

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    Fig. Align the suspension support with the shock absorber lower bushing as shown

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  7. Fully tighten the center nut to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
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  9. Install the strut assembly into the vehicle.
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Removal & Installation





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Fig. Use a closed-end wrench to remove the lower strut mounting nut and bolt



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Fig. Strut nut, washer, and bolt



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Fig. Use a punch and a small hammer to knock the bolt through the lower strut mount



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Fig. Removing the lower strut mounting bolt

  1. Raise and properly support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the front wheel.
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  5. If equipped with a front stabilizers, disconnect the stabilizer links.
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  7. Remove the strut absorber nut and washer from the lower control arm.
    WARNING
    Do NOT remove the bolt at this time.

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  9. While slowly lowering the front suspension, remove the lower bolt from the strut absorber assembly.
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  11. Support the strut.
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  13. Remove the three nuts from the top of the strut tower.
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  15. Lower the strut out of the wheel well.
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To install:

  1. The remainder of installation is the reverse of removal. Please note the following torque specifications:

    Three upper strut to body nuts: 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm)
     
    Lower strut absorber mounting bolt: 101 ft. lbs. (135 Nm)
     
    Stabilizer links, if equipped: 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm)
     
    Wheel lug nuts: 83 ft. lbs. (110 Nm)
     

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