Raise hood and remove strut mounting bolts, from top of fender well. Raise and support vehicle. Remove front wheels. Remove front stabilizer bar from lower control arm. Remove drop link nut. Remove both halves of front fork. Remove drop link. Remove strut assembly from vehicle.
Disassembly & Reassembly
NOTE:DO NOT remove piston rod nut until coil spring is compressed and secured.
Secure bottom bracket of shock absorber in vise. Loosen piston rod nut several turns. Using a spring compressor, compress spring to relieve spring tension. Remove nut retaining spring seat and mounting base. Remove compressed spring from strut assembly. Slowly release spring compressor tension from coil spring. Remove spring, lower insulator, lower retainer, dust boot, spring seat and shock absorber. Inspect parts for cracks, deterioration or damage. Replace worn or damaged parts. To reassemble, reverse disassembly procedures.
Install top of strut assembly and align upper strut studs with strut tower holes. Start upper mounting nuts on stud threads. Ensure front of vehicle is raised and supported on stands. Install front fork. Tighten front fork bolts to both halves of front fork to 36 ft. Lbs. (49 N.M). Assemble drop link, and install drop link nut. Ensure head of drop link faces forward. Insert stabilizer bar into drop link, and tighten nut. Install front wheels and tighten lug nuts to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS. Lower vehicle. Tighten mounting block nut to 18 ft. Lbs. (24 N.M). Check wheel alignment. See appropriate article in WHEEL ALIGNMENT.
Friday, February 27th, 2009 AT 9:52 PM