Honda Prelude Accord Civic S2000 2001-2006

Strut (MacPherson Strut) Assembly Repair Guide

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Assembly



  1. Install all parts except the self locking nut onto the damper unit.
  2.  
  3. Align the bottom of the spring and the stepped part of the lower spring seat. The hole in the upper spring seat and the arrow on the damper mounting base must point toward the knuckle mounting area.
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  5. Install the damper assembly on a commercially available strut spring compressor.
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  7. Compress the damper spring with the strut spring compressor. Install a new self locking nut on the damper shaft.
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  9. Hold the damper shaft with a hex wrench and tighten the self locking nut.
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Disassembly



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Compress the damper spring with a commercially available strut spring compressor according to the manufacturer-s instructions.
  4.  
  5. Remove the self locking nut while holding the damper shaft with a hex wrench. Do not compress the spring more than necessary to remove the nut.
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  7. Release the pressure from the strut spring compressor. Disassemble the damper assembly. Reassemble all parts, except the spring.
  8.  
  9. Compress the damper assembly by hand and check for smooth operation thru full stroke, both compression and extension.
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  11. The damper should extend smoothly and constantly when compression is released. If not, gas is leaking and the damper should be replaced.
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Removal & Installation



Accord
2001-02 Models
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the rear tires.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear bulkhead cover. Remove the two flange nuts.
  6.  
  7. Remove the flange bolt from the knuckle. Remove the flange nut from the stabilizer link.
  8.  
  9. Lower the rear suspension. Remove the damper from the vehicle.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the rear suspension strut assembly-Accord

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To install:

  1. Position the damper assembly in the vehicle.
    NOTE
    Damper springs are different for the left and right side. Mark the springs prior to removal.

  2.  
  3. Lower the rear suspension, position the damper and loosely install the two flange nuts.
  4.  
  5. Loosely install the flange bolt and nut.
  6.  
  7. Raise the floor jack until the suspension begins to compress. Tighten the bolts.
  8.  
  9. Continue the installation in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
  10.  

2003-06 Models
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the rear tires.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear bulkhead cover. Remove the seat side bolster.
  6.  
  7. Remove the two flange nuts, while holding the joint pin. Disconnect the stabilizer link from the stabilizer bracket.
  8.  
  9. Remove the flange bolt from the knuckle. Lower the rear suspension and remove the damper from the vehicle.
  10.  

To install:

  1. Position the damper assembly in the vehicle.
    NOTE
    Damper springs are different for the left and right side. Mark the springs prior to removal.

  2.  
  3. Loosely install the flange nuts onto the top of the damper.
  4.  
  5. Loosely install the flange bolt on the bottom of the damper.
  6.  
  7. Connect the stabilizer link on the bracket and loosely install the flange nut.
  8.  
  9. Raise the floor jack until the suspension begins to compress. Tighten the bolts.
  10.  
  11. Continue the installation in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
  12.  

Civic
2001-05 Models
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the rear tires.
  4.  
  5. Remove the flange bolt from the bottom of the damper.
  6.  
  7. Remove the flange nuts from the bottom of the damper.
  8.  
  9. Open the trunk and remove the access panel cover, if necessary.
  10.  
  11. Remove the flange nuts from the top of the damper
  12.  
  13. Remove the damper assembly from the vehicle.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the rear suspension strut-2001-05 Civic

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To install:

  1. Position the damper assembly in the vehicle.
    NOTE
    Be aware of the direction of the damper mounting base so that the small hole dot on it is toward the front inside of the vehicle,

  2.  
  3. Loosely install the flange nuts on the top of the damper.
  4.  
  5. Loosely install the flange bolt on the bottom of the damper.
  6.  
  7. Raise the suspension with a floor jack to load it with the vehicles weight before tightening the nuts and bolt.
  8.  
  9. Continue the installation in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
  10.  

2006 Models
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the rear tires.
  4.  
  5. Position a floor jack at the connecting point of the trailing arm and the knuckle. Raise the floor jack until the suspension begins to compress.
  6.  
  7. Remove the flange bolt and discard it.
  8.  
  9. Remove the trunk side trim panel.
  10.  
  11. Remove the self locking nut while holding the damper shaft. Compress the damper unit, by hand, and remove it from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Position the damper assembly in the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Position a floor jack under the trailing to support the suspension. Install a new damper mounting bolt.
  4.  
  5. Loosely tighten the damper mounting bolt. Raise the floor jack until the suspension begins to compress. Tighten the damper mounting bolt.
  6.  
  7. Continue the installation in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
  8.  

Prelude
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Trunk side trim and the 2 top strut nuts.
     
    Upper ball joint cover
     
    Cotter pin and upper ball joint nut
     

  6.  
  7. Fit a 10mm nut on the ball joint and separate the ball joint and the knuckle by using a ball joint removal tool.
  8.  
  9. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Lower strut mounting bolt and lower the suspension.
     
    Strut from the vehicle
     

  10.  

To install:


NOTE
Use new self-locking nuts when installing the rear struts.

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Strut; loosely install the lower mounting bolt. Do not tighten.
     
    Upper strut mounting bolts: 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
     
    Upper arm and knuckle and tighten the castle nut to 29-35 ft. lbs. (40-48 Nm).
     
    Upper ball joint cover
     

  2.  
  3. Raise the rear suspension with a floor jack until the weight is on the strut.
  4.  
  5. Tighten the lower strut mounting bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the rear wheels and lower the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Tighten the rear wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Check and adjust the vehicle's rear wheel alignment.
  12.  

S2000
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the spare tire from the trunk.
  4.  
  5. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the rear tires.
  6.  
  7. Remove the flange nuts from the top of the damper.
  8.  
  9. Remove the flange bolt from the bottom of the damper.
  10.  
  11. Lower the lower arm and remove the damper assembly.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the strut and spring assembly-S2000

  12.  

To install:

  1. Position the damper assembly in the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Loosely install new flange nuts onto the damper studs.
  4.  
  5. Position the bottom of the damper assembly on the lower arm. Install a new flange bolt.
  6.  
  7. Raise the floor jack until the suspension begins to compress. Tighten the damper mounting bolt.
  8.  
  9. Continue the installation in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
  10.  

Accord
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Fold the rear seat forward.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following: Rear bulkhead coverSide bolster cushions. The side bolster cushions are secured by 1 screw at the bottom, and 2 clips at the top.Strut mount cap, if equipped, and upper strut mounting nuts

    Rear bulkhead cover
     
    Side bolster cushions. The side bolster cushions are secured by 1 screw at the bottom, and 2 clips at the top.
     
    Strut mount cap, if equipped, and upper strut mounting nuts
     

  6.  
  7. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Rear wheels, then support the knuckle with a floor jackStrut lower flange bolt from the knuckleStrut flange nut while holding the joint pin with a hex wrenchStabilizer link from the bracketStrut, while lowering rear suspension

    Rear wheels, then support the knuckle with a floor jack
     
    Strut lower flange bolt from the knuckle
     
    Strut flange nut while holding the joint pin with a hex wrench
     
    Stabilizer link from the bracket
     
    Strut, while lowering rear suspension
     

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NOTE
The left and right struts are different, so be sure to mark them L & R if you are removing both struts before continuing.

To install:



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Fig. Rear strut upper mounting nut locations-Accord



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Fig. Remove the lower flange (A) bolt from the knuckle, then remove the flange nut (B) while holding the joint pin (C) with a hex wrench (D) and disconnect the stabilizer link (E) from the bracket (F)


NOTE
Use new self-locking nuts when installing the strut.

  1. Lower the rear suspension.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following: Strut into the upper mount. Only hand-tighten the upper mounting nuts.Strut into position on the knuckle, then loosely install the flange bolt on the bottom of the strutStabilizer link on the bracket and loosely install the flange nut

    Strut into the upper mount. Only hand-tighten the upper mounting nuts.
     
    Strut into position on the knuckle, then loosely install the flange bolt on the bottom of the strut
     
    Stabilizer link on the bracket and loosely install the flange nut
     

  4.  
  5. Place a jack under the lower strut mount. Raise the jack until the weight of the vehicle is on the jack.
  6.  
  7. With the suspension under load, tighten the lower mount bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) for 2001-02 vehicles or to 43 ft. lbs. (59 Nm) for 2003-04 vehicles.
  8.  
  9. While holding the joint pin with a cotter pin, tighten the flange nut to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
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  11. Tighten the upper nuts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm) for 2001-02 vehicles or to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm) for 2003-04 vehicles.
  12.  
  13. Install or connect the following: Rear wheel(s). Lower the vehicle to the ground. Tighten the wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).Rear seat side bolsters and fold the seat back into place.Rear bulkhead cover

    Rear wheel(s). Lower the vehicle to the ground. Tighten the wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
     
    Rear seat side bolsters and fold the seat back into place.
     
    Rear bulkhead cover
     

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  15. Check and adjust the vehicle's rear wheel alignment.
  16.  

Civic
Prelude
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following: Trunk side trim and the 2 top strut nuts.Upper ball joint coverCotter pin and upper ball joint nut

    Trunk side trim and the 2 top strut nuts.
     
    Upper ball joint cover
     
    Cotter pin and upper ball joint nut
     

  6.  
  7. Fit a 10mm nut on the ball joint and separate the ball joint and the knuckle by using a ball joint removal tool.
  8.  
  9. Remove or disconnect the following: Lower strut mounting bolt and lower the suspension.Strut from the vehicle

    Lower strut mounting bolt and lower the suspension.
     
    Strut from the vehicle
     

  10.  

To install:


NOTE
Use new self-locking nuts when installing the rear struts.

  1. Install or connect the following: Strut; loosely install the lower mounting bolt. Do not tighten.Upper strut mounting bolts: 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).Upper arm and knuckle and tighten the castle nut to 29-35 ft. lbs. (40-48 Nm).Upper ball joint cover

    Strut; loosely install the lower mounting bolt. Do not tighten.
     
    Upper strut mounting bolts: 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
     
    Upper arm and knuckle and tighten the castle nut to 29-35 ft. lbs. (40-48 Nm).
     
    Upper ball joint cover
     

  2.  
  3. Raise the rear suspension with a floor jack until the weight is on the strut.
  4.  
  5. Tighten the lower strut mounting bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the rear wheels and lower the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Tighten the rear wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Check and adjust the vehicle's rear wheel alignment.
  12.  

S2000
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following: Front wheelLower ball jointBrake caliper bracket boltUpper strut mount nutsLower flange boltStrut

    Front wheel
     
    Lower ball joint
     
    Brake caliper bracket bolt
     
    Upper strut mount nuts
     
    Lower flange bolt
     
    Strut
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure, while using the following torque values: Lower flange bolt: 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm)Upper mount nuts: 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm)Lower ball joint nut: 43-51 ft. lbs. (59-69 Nm)Brake caliper bracket bolt: 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm)

    Lower flange bolt: 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm)
     
    Upper mount nuts: 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm)
     
    Lower ball joint nut: 43-51 ft. lbs. (59-69 Nm)
     
    Brake caliper bracket bolt: 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm)
     

  2.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following: Rear wheelSpare tireUpper mount flange nutsLower flange boltStrut

    Rear wheel
     
    Spare tire
     
    Upper mount flange nuts
     
    Lower flange bolt
     
    Strut
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure, while using the following torque values: Lower flange bolt: 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm)Upper mount flange nuts: 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm)

    Lower flange bolt: 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm)
     
    Upper mount flange nuts: 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm)
     

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