Toyota Corolla 1988-1997 Repair Guide

McPherson Struts

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 6



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the front strut and coil spring assembly

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the front wheel.
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  3. Matchmark the strut and knuckle mounting.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Mark the mating area of the strut and knuckle

  1. Disconnect brake hose from the shock absorber.
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  3. Disconnect the ABS sensor wire from the shock absorber if so equipped.
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  5. Loosen the two nuts on the lower side of the shock absorber.
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Do not remove the 2 nuts and bolts.

  1. Remove the three nuts on the upper side of the shock absorber. Next remove the 2 nuts and bolts from the lower side of the shock absorber.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the three upper retaining bolts



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Fig. Fig. 4: Next, remove the two bolts attaching the strut to the steering knuckle. Be sure to matchmark it first