Toyota Camry and Avalon 1997-2000

Coil Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
  1. Remove the shock absorber assembly with coil spring out from under the vehicle.
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Fig. Exploded view of the rear coil and shock assembly

  1. To disassemble the shock from the coil spring, install 2 nuts and a bolt to the bracket at the lower part of the shock absorber and secure it in a vice.
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Fig. Install a bolt and two nuts as shown to the end of the shock and place the assembly in a vise

  1. Using a special coil spring compressor, such as 09727-30020 or equivalent, compress the coil spring. Do not use an impact wrench, it will damage the compression tool.
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Fig. Separating the shock absorber from the coil spring with a compressor tool

  1. Remove the cap from the suspension support. Using a retaining tool to hold the seat, such as 09729-22031 or equivalent remove the nut.
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Fig. Retain the seat with one wrench and remove the nut with another

  1. Remove the following components:
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  3. Suspension support
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  5. Dust seal
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  7. Spring seat
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  9. Upper insulator and coil spring
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  11. Spring bumper and lower insulator
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Fig. Placement order of the coil and strut components

To install:

  1. Install the lower insulator. Attach the spring bumper to the piston rod.
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  3. Using the compressor tool, such as 09727-30020 or equivalent, compress the coil spring. Install the coil spring to the shock absorber.
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NOTE
Fit the lower end of the coil spring into the gap of the spring seat of the shock absorber.



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Fig. Fit the lower end of the coil into the gap of the seat

  1. Install the upper insulator to the upper support. Match the bolt of the upper support with the cut-off part of the insulator. Install the upper support and piston rod.
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Fig. Match the bolt of the upper support with the cut-off of insulator

  1. Install the retaining tool, such as 09729-22031 or equivalent to hold the spring seat, install a new nut. Tighten the nut to 34-36 ft. lbs. (47-49 Nm).
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  3. Rotate the upper support and set it in the direction shown in the illustration. Remove the SST, then check the direction of the upper support.
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Fig. Check the direction of the support

  1. Install the cap.
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  3. Pack the upper suspension support with MP grease.
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  5. Install the coil and shock absorber assembly into the vehicle.
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