REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2 and 3
Wagons and 1984-86 Sedans
- Working from inside the car, remove the trim plate covering the strut attaching nuts.
- Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it with jackstands (do not place stands under the suspension arms). Remove the wheel.
- Disconnect the brake line and flexible hose at the mounting bracket on the strut tube. Plug the open lines. Remove flexible hose from the strut.
- If you will be overhauling the strut assembly, loosen the support nut from inside the car. DO NOT remove it at this time.
- Matchmark the position of the strut to the axle carrier, then remove the strut lower attaching bolts/nuts.
- From inside the car, remove the nuts holding the strut assembly to the body.
- Position the strut assembly on the vehicle. Install the nuts attaching the strut assembly to the body, then torque the bolts to 17 ft. lbs. (24 Nm).
- Connect the strut assembly to the axle carrier. Torque the nuts to 105 ft. lbs. (142 Nm).
- Torque the support nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm), if applicable.
- Connect the brake tubes and install the flexible hose to the strut assembly. Bleed the brake system.
- Lower the vehicle and check for proper operation. Have the alignment checked by a reputable shop.
- On some models, it will necessary to remove the rear seat to gain access to the strut upper attaching bolts/nuts.
- Raise the rear of the vehicle and support the body with jackstands. Remove the wheel(s).
- Remove the nut/bolt securing the bottom of the strut to the axle beam.
- Remove the nuts securing the strut to the body from inside the vehicle, then remove the strut assembly.
- Connect the strut assembly to the body. Torque the nuts to 23 ft. lbs. (31 Nm).
- Connect the strut assembly to the axle beam. Tighten the bolt until it is just snug.
- Install the wheel(s), then lower the vehicle. Bounce the vehicle to stabilize the suspension.
- Torque the nut attaching the strut to the axle beam to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm).
See Figures 4 through 9
- Remove the strut from the vehicle. Refer to the appropriate procedure in this section.
- Compress the coil spring. Use SST 09727-22032 on 1984-90 models and SST 09727-30020 on 1991-94 models.
- Hold the upper support, then remove the nut on the end of the shock piston rod.
- Remove the support, coil spring, insulator and bumper. Make a note as to their order.
Check the shock absorber by moving the piston shaft through its full range of travel. It should move smoothly and evenly throughout its entire travel without any trace of binding or notching. Inspect the spring for any sign of deterioration or cracking. The waterproof coating on the coils should be intact to prevent rusting.
Do not turn the piston rod within the cylinder if the piston rod is fully extended. Never reuse the support nut.
- Assemble all components in order onto the the strut assembly. Make sure the spring end aligns with the hollow in the lower seat.
- Align the suspension support with the strut lower bracket. This assures the spring will be properly seated top and bottom.
- Thread a new support nut onto the piston rod, then tighten it to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm) on 1987-94 Sedans. Do not torque the support nut on wagons and 1984-86 sedans at this time.
- Install the strut on the vehicle.