Toyota Avalon, Camry, Camry Solara 2001-06

Strut (MacPherson Strut) Assembly

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Overhaul (Coil Spring Removal & Installation)





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Fig. Common coil spring and strut component assembly

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    WARNING
    Do not support the weight of the vehicle on the suspension arm; the arm will deform under its weight.



    Negative battery cable
     



    Wheel
     
    Stabilizer link, if necessary
     
    Bolt, and disconnect the brake hose from the strut
     
    With ABS brakes, wiring harness from the strut
     
    Top center locknut
     
    Bolts and strut from the steering knuckle
     
    Strut

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    Fig. Proper method of supporting the strut in a vise

     

  4.  
  5. To disassemble the strut:

    Install a bolt and 2 nuts to the bracket at the lower portion of the strut shell and secure it in a vise
     
    Compress the coil spring
     
    Remove the dust cover and hold the spring seat so that it will not turn. Remove the nut on the top of the strut
     
    Remove the suspension support, bearing, dust seal, spring seat, spring, insulators and bumper
     

  6.  

To install:

  1. To assemble the strut:
    NOTE
    Do not use an impact wrench to tighten the nut. Also, check that the bearing fits into the recess in the suspension support.



    Install the spring bumper to piston
     
    Using a spring compressor, compress the spring
     
    Install the coil spring to the strut. Fit the lower end of the coil spring into the gap of the lower seat
     
    Install the spring seat with the insulator
     
    Install the dust seal on the spring seat
     
    Install the suspension support and tighten 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm). After the nut has been tighten, release the compressor tool tension
     
    Pack multipurpose grease into the suspension support. Install the dust cover
     

  2.  
  3. Install the strut assembly to the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Tighten the top nuts holding the strut to the strut tower as follows:
    1. 2005-06 Avalon: 63 ft. lbs. (85 Nm)
    2.  
    3. All others: 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm)
    4.  

  6.  
  7. Install or connect the following:

    Steering knuckle to the strut lower bracket
     
    2 bolts from the rear side and tighten the strut-to-steering knuckle arm bolts to 155 ft. lbs. (210 Nm).
     
    Brake line to the steering knuckle
     
    If equipped with ABS, secure the wiring harness
     
    Wheel
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  8.  
  9. Check and adjust the alignment, if needed.
  10.  



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Common coil spring and strut component assembly

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    WARNING
    Do not support the weight of the vehicle on the suspension arm; the arm will deform under its weight.



    Negative battery cable
     



    Wheel
     
    Stabilizer link, if necessary
     
    Bolt, and disconnect the brake hose from the strut
     
    With ABS brakes, wiring harness from the strut
     
    Top center locknut
     
    Bolts and strut from the steering knuckle
     
    Strut

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Proper method of supporting the strut in a vise

     

  4.  
  5. To disassemble the strut:

    Install a bolt and 2 nuts to the bracket at the lower portion of the strut shell and secure it in a vise
     
    Compress the coil spring
     
    Remove the dust cover and hold the spring seat so that it will not turn. Remove the nut on the top of the strut
     
    Remove the suspension support, bearing, dust seal, spring seat, spring, insulators and bumper
     

  6.  

To install:

  1. To assemble the strut:
    NOTE
    Do not use an impact wrench to tighten the nut. Also, check that the bearing fits into the recess in the suspension support.



    Install the spring bumper to piston
     
    Using a spring compressor, compress the spring
     
    Install the coil spring to the strut. Fit the lower end of the coil spring into the gap of the lower seat
     
    Install the spring seat with the insulator
     
    Install the dust seal on the spring seat
     
    Install the suspension support and tighten 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm). After the nut has been tighten, release the compressor tool tension
     
    Pack multipurpose grease into the suspension support. Install the dust cover
     

  2.  
  3. Install