WARNING: DO NOT remove nut from top of strut rod unless coil spring has been compressed. Coil spring is under extreme pressure.
If nut is removed without first compressing spring, coil spring will violently decompress, possibly resulting in severe personal injury.
CAUTION:After separating strut from steering knuckle, support steering knuckle in upright position to prevent damage to components. DO NOT overextend axle shaft CV joints. DO NOT chip or crack coil spring coating. Coil spring may fail if coating is damaged.
1. Remove nuts securing upper strut to body mount (DO NOT remove nut on end of strut rod).
2. Raise and support vehicle, allowing suspension to hang free. Remove wheel. Disconnect ABS wheel speed sensor connector (if equipped). Remove brakeline bracket from strut. Disconnect tie rod end (if necessary). Mark strut in relation to steering knuckle (if reusing strut). Remove strut bolts. Remove strut.
Wear safety goggles. Slightly compress strut spring in a spring compressor. While using a socket to prevent strut rod from turning, remove nut from top of strut rod. Loosen spring compressor and disassemble strut assembly.
To reassemble, reverse disassembly procedure. Ensure flat on upper spring seat faces strut mounting flange
Ensure bearing is installed into recess of upper spring seat before fully assembling. Tighten strut rod nut
Friday, August 8th, 2008 AT 6:22 AM