Vibe 2006-2007

Struts (MacPherson Struts)

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Removal & Installation





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Fig. Common coil spring and strut component assembly

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    WARNING
    Do not support the weight of the vehicle on the suspension arm; the arm will deform under its weight.



    Negative battery cable. Because of the air bag system, wait at least 90 seconds before proceeding
     



    Wheel
     
    Stabilizer link from the strut
     
    Bolt, and disconnect the brake hose from the strut
     
    With ABS brakes, speed sensor wiring harness from the strut
     
    Lower strut bolts and nuts
     
    Upper strut nuts
     
    Strut from the steering knuckle
     
    Strut

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    Fig. Proper method of supporting the strut in a vise

     

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  5. To disassemble the strut:

    Install a bolt and 2 nuts to the bracket at the lower portion of the strut shell and secure it in a vise
     
    Compress the coil spring
     
    Dust cover and hold the spring seat so that it will not turn
     
    Nut on the top of the strut
     
    Suspension support, bearing, dust seal, spring seat, spring, insulators and bumper
     

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To install:

  1. To assemble the strut:

    Install the spring bumper to piston
     

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  3. Using a spring compressor, compress the spring.

    Coil spring to the strut. Fit the lower end of the coil spring into the gap of the lower seat.
     
    Spring seat with the insulator
     
    Dust seal on the spring seat
     
    Suspension support and tighten 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm). After the nut has been tighten, release the compressor tool tension.
     

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  5. Pack multipurpose grease into the suspension support.
    NOTE
    Do not use an impact wrench to tighten the nut. Also, check that the bearing fits into the recess in the suspension support.



    Dust cover.
     



    Strut
     
    Nuts holding the strut to the strut tower. Tighten the nuts to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
     
    2 lower strut bolts and nuts. Tighten to 162 ft. lbs. (220 Nm).
     



    Brake line to the steering knuckle. Tighten the line bolt to 21 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
     
    Secure the wiring harness, if equipped with ABS
     
    Stabilizer link. Tighten the nut to 55 ft. lbs. (74 Nm).
     
    Wheel. Tighten the lug nuts to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm).
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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  7. Check and adjust the alignment, if needed
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