Upper bolts for rear strut location

Tiny
OLDMANCF
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  • 2004 CHRYSLER SEBRING
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 104,000 MILES
My car is a convertible. I cannot find upper bolts for rear strut.
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Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 AT 8:22 PM

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Tiny
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Removal shock assembly:

1. Roll back carpeting on top of the rear shock tower to access shock mounting nuts.
2. Remove plastic cover from the top of the shock assembly.
3. Remove 2 nuts attaching the shock assembly upper mount/spring seat to the shock tower.
4. Raise vehicle on jackstands or centered on a frame contact type hoist.
5. Remove the rear wheel and tire assembly from the vehicle.
6. Remove two fasteners holding the splash shield to the shock assembly upper mount.
7. Remove bolt attaching shock absorber to rear knuckle
Fig. 18: Removing Shock Absorber Attachment To Knuckle
8. Remove the shock absorber from the rear knuckle first when removing the shock absorber
from vehicle by pushing down on the rear suspension.
9. Move shock assembly downward and tilt top of shock outward, then remove shock assembly
from vehicle through top of wheel opening.
NOTE: Access for the nuts attaching the rear shock assembly upper mount to
the vehicle is through the inside of the trunk.

WARNING: DO NOT REMOVE THE SHOCK ROD NUT BEFORE THE COIL SPRING IS COMPRESSED. THE COIL SPRING IS HELD UNDER PRESSURE AND MUST BE COMPRESSED, REMOVING SPRING TENSION FROM THE UPPER MOUNTING BRACKET BEFORE THE ROD NUT IS REMOVED.

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Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

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Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 AT 8:27 PM
Tiny
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For anyone who wants to know, I located the top of the rear struts under the carpet in the convertible top holding area (the well behind the back seat). It requires taking out a couple of screws to roll it away from the side and the screws are right there. And, there is no plastic cover over the shock assembly.
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Monday, January 24th, 2011 AT 1:04 PM
Tiny
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If the plastic was missing they may have been done before.
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Monday, January 24th, 2011 AT 4:51 PM

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