Mechanics

96 2.5TL. MY CAR DOESN'T SUPPORT MUCH WEIGHT IN THE REAR ANYMORE. DO I NEED TO REPLACE THE STRUTS/SUSPENSION COILS?

1996 Acura TL • 214 miles

My car is a 96 Acura 2.5tl and has 17 inch rims on it which is bigger than factory but over the years ive noticed that the car doesnt support any weight. Like if I have 2 people riding in the backseat my tires will rub the Wheel well because the car is lowered due to the weight. When I first got the car it didnt do that. Even with the Rims. I've heard its bad rear Struts or suspension. Is This accurate and if so how do I replace them?
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Dms1008
May 23, 2012.



Correction* Car has over 214 thousand miles. Not 214.


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Dms1008
May 23, 2012.
Yes it's probably an accurate description. I'd advise replacing springs as well. You will need a compressor to put the spring on but alot of auto parts stores will doit for a minimal charge. So you just need to replace the strut assy.
STRUT ASSEMBLY

WARNING: Strut contains pressurized nitrogen gas. To dispose of properly,  drill a 5/64" (2.0 mm) hole at base of strut. Always wear eye protection when drilling.

Removal

1. Lift and support vehicle. Remove wheel assembly. Remove rear seat. Remove strut mounting base nuts. See Fig. 2 .
2. Place floor jack under lower control arm. Compress strut slightly. Remove strut lower mounting nut. Lower rear suspension. Remove strut assembly.

Fig. 2:  Exploded View Of Strut Assembly
Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO,  INC.

Disassembly

1. Compress strut spring with spring compressor. DO NOT compress spring more than necessary to remove 10 mm self locking nut. Remove 10 mm self locking nut from strut assembly.
2. Remove spring compressor. Note component locations,  and complete disassembly by removing components.

Inspection

Check for smooth operation in both compression and extension strokes. Check for oil leaks,  abnormal noises,  or binding. Replace strut as necessary.

Reassembly & Installation

To reassemble,  reverse disassembly procedure. To install,  reverse removal procedure.


Hmac300
May 23, 2012.