REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Remove the 3 upper strut mounting nuts and carefully remove the strut assembly.
- Place the strut assembly in vise. Position a bolt and two nuts between the bracket at the lower portion of the shock absorber shell and clamp shock absorber in a vise. The bolt acts as a spacer to allow for clamping without crushing the bracket.
Do not attempt to clamp the strut assembly in a flat jaw vise as this will result in damage to the strut tube.
- Attach a spring compressor and compress the spring until the upper suspension support is free of any spring tension. Do not over-compress the spring.
- Hold the upper support and then remove the nut on the end of the shock piston rod.
- Remove the support, coil spring, insulator and bumper.
- Loosely assemble all components onto the strut assembly. Make sure the spring end aligns with the hollow in the lower seat.
- Align the upper suspension support with the piston rod and install the support.
- Align the suspension support with the strut lower bracket. This assures the spring will be properly seated top and bottom.
- Compress the spring slightly by pushing on the suspension support with one hand to expose the strut piston rod threads.
- Install a new strut piston nut and tighten it to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
- Place the complete strut assembly into the lower mount and mount it in position with the bolts.
- Use a floor jack to gently raise the suspension and guide the upper strut mount into position.
- Install all remaining components. Refer to McPherson Struts (2WD Models) later in this section.