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Strut, Strut Component, and Spring Replacement
Tools Required

J 42991 Strut Rod Nut Socket
J 45400 Strut Spring Compressor​
Disassembly Procedure


  1. <LI type=1>Remove the strut from the vehicle. Refer to Strut Assembly Replacement . <LI type=1>Install the strut (2) in the J 45400 (1).


    Important: The spring is compressed when the strut moves freely.
    <LI type=1>Turn the spring compressor forcing screw (1) until the coil spring (2) is compressed.


    <LI type=1>Use a 45 TORX® socket in order to hold the strut shaft. Remove the upper strut mount nut by turning withJ 42991 . <LI type=1>Remove the strut from the J 45400 .


    <LI type=1>Loosen the compressor forcing screw (1) until the upper strut mount and coil spring (2) may be removed.
  2. Remove the upper strut mount and the coil spring from the J 45400 .
<Assembly Procedure


  1. <LI type=1>Install the coil spring and upper strut mount to the J 45400. <LI type=1>Turn the spring compressor forcing screw (1) until the coil spring is compressed. <LI type=1>Install the strut to the coil spring and upper strut mount.


    Notice: Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread locking compound or sealant are identified in the service procedure. Do not use paints, lubricants, or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems.
    <LI type=1>Install the strut retaining nut. Using the J 42991 and a 45 TORX® socket, install the strut mount nut.
    Tighten
    Tighten the strut mount nut to 85 N·m (63 lb ft).
    <LI type=1>Remove the strut from the J 45400 .
  2. Install the strut to the vehicle. Refer to Strut Assembly Replacement .
 

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Removal Procedure

Notice: Care should be taken to avoid chipping or scratching the coating when handling the suspension coil spring. Damage to the coating can cause premature failure.


  1. <LI type=1>Remove the 3 strut-to-body mount nuts (1). <LI type=1>Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information. <LI type=1>Remove the tire and wheel. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation in Tires and Wheels. <LI type=1>Disconnect the stabilizer shaft link from the strut. Refer to Stabilizer Shaft Link Replacement .


    <LI type=1>Scribe the strut to the knuckle.


    Notice: The knuckle must be retained after the strut-to-knuckle bolts have been removed. Failure to observe this may cause ball joint and/or wheel drive shaft damage.
    <LI type=1>Remove the strut to knuckle bolts.
  2. Remove the strut from the vehicle.
Installation Procedure


  1. Notice: Care should be taken to avoid chipping or scratching the coating when handling the suspension coil spring. Damage to the coating can cause premature failure.
    <LI type=1>Install the strut into place. Notice: Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread locking compound or sealant are identified in the service procedure. Do not use paints, lubricants, or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems.
    <LI type=1>Install the strut to knuckle bolt . Tighten
    Tighten the strut to knuckle bolts to 122 N·m (90 lb ft).
    <LI type=1>Connect the stabilizer shaft link to the strut. Refer to Stabilizer Shaft LinK Replacement. <LI type=1>Install the tire and wheel. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation in Tires and Wheels.


    Notice: Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread locking compound or sealant are identified in the service procedure. Do not use paints, lubricants, or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems.
    <LI type=1>Install the three strut-to-body mount nuts (1). Tighten
    Tighten the strut to body mount nuts to 41 N·m (30 lb ft).
    <LI type=1>Lower the vehicle.
  2. Adjust the rear wheel alignment. Refer to Wheel Alignment Specifications in Wheel Alignment.
 
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