REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it with jackstands. Position an hydraulic jack underneath the rear hub assembly; raise it just enough to support the assembly.
- On the liftback, remove the rear speaker grilles.
- On the coupe, remove the suspension service hole cover or the speaker board.
On vehicles with drum brakes:
- Disconnect and plug the brake line at the backing plate.
- Remove the clip and E-ring and then disconnect the brake hose and tube from the strut housing.
If equipped with rear disc brakes:
- Remove the union bolts and gaskets and disconnect the brake line from the brake cylinder.
- Remove the clip and E-ring from the strut and then disconnect the brake hose from the strut housing.
- Loosen, but do NOT remove, the nut attaching the suspension support to the strut.
- Disconnect the stabilizer bar at the lower end of the strut housing.
- Disconnect the strut at the axle carrier.
- Matchmark the upper bearing plate, then remove the 3 strut-to-body bolts. Remove the strut from the vehicle.
- Position the assembly with the matchmarks aligned, then tighten the upper strut-to-body nuts to 23 ft. lbs. (31 Nm) on 1986-89 models or 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm) on 1990-93 models.
- Tighten the lower strut-to-carrier bolts to 119 ft. lbs. (162 Nm) on 1986-89 models or 188 ft. lbs. (255 Nm) on 1990-93 models.
- Connect the stabilizer bar to the strut and tighten the bolts to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm) on 1986-89 models or 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm) on 1990-93 models.
- Tighten the top strut holding nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm). Install the dust cover onto the suspension support.
- Reconnect the brake line and hose, torquing to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm) on models with disc brakes, or to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm) on models with drum brakes.
- Install all other components that were removed. Bleed the brake system, lower the car and have the rear wheel alignment checked.
The springs are retained under considerable pressure. They can exert enough force when released to cause serious injury. Exercise extreme caution when disassembling the strut. Wear eye protection.
This procedure requires the use of a spring compressor; it cannot be performed without one. If you do NOT have access to this special tool, do NOT attempt to disassemble the strut.
- Remove the strut assembly as outlined.
- Mount the strut assembly in a suitable vise. Using a suitable spring compressor, compress the coil spring.
- Remove the strut suspension support (bearing plate) nut. Remove the strut suspension support, the coil spring and bumper.
- Install the bumper to the strut, align the coil spring end with the lower seat hollow and install the coil spring.
- Align the strut suspension support hole and piston rod and install it. Align the suspension support with the strut lower bushing.
- Install the top strut suspension support nut and torque it to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).