REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Fig. Fig. 1 View of the MacPhearson strut and insert-1981-82
Fig. Fig. 2 To remove the strut, begin by loosening the three nuts and lockwashers-1979 Corona shown
Fig. Fig. 3 Remove the two bolts retaining the lower control arm from the MacPherson strut
Fig. Fig. 4 Carefully pry the strut from the control arm
Fig. Fig. 5 Separate the two components ...
Fig. Fig. 6 ... then remove the strut assembly from the vehicle
Fig. Fig. 7 To disassemble the strut, place a spring compressor on the assembly
Fig. Fig. 8 Remove the top nut from the strut ...
Fig. Fig. 9 ... and remove the bearing assembly ...
Fig. Fig. 10 ... then the seat, dust cover and spring
Disconnect the brake tube and flexible hose.
Remove the three nuts and lockwashers from the top of the strut inside the engine compartment.
Remove the two bolts and lockwashers attaching the MacPherson strut to the lower control arm. Push the arm downward slightly, and then remove the strut assembly.
The strut must be mounted in a vise for further disassembly. It must not be mounted by the shock absorber shell as this part is machined perfectly round and can easily be distorted. A special tool is available from Toyota for this purpose, or you can make some sort of flange that will bolt to the bottom (where the control arm attaches).
Using a special tool designed for this purpose, the spring must be compressed so there is no tension on the upper seat.
Failure to fully compress the spring and hold it securely before performing the next step is extremely hazardous.
Hold the shock absorber seat (at top) with a large spanner wrench, and remove the nut from the top of the shock absorber.
Remove upper support, upper seat, dust cover, and spring.
Install in reverse order. Inspect all parts carefully for wear or distortion, and replace as necessary. Tighten the top shock absorber nut to 32.6-39.8 ft. lb. on Cressida. Pack multipurpose grease into the bearing on the suspension support. Tighten upper support nuts to 21.7-38.6 ft. lb. Lower control arm nuts are tightened to 57.9-86.8 ft. lb.