If you have not got a spring compressor stop
If the shock absorbers/struts or
coil springs exhibit the tell tale sings of wear (leaking
fluid, loss of damping capability, chipped, sagging or
cracked coil springs) explore all options before
beginning any work. The strut/shock absorber assemblies
are not serviceable and must be replaced if a problem
DISASSEMBLING A STRUT IS A
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS UNDERTAKING AND UTMOST ATTENTION
MUST BE DIRECTED TO THE JOB IN HAND, OR SERIOUS BODILY
INJURY MAY RESULT. USE ONLY A HIGH QUALITY SPRING
COMPRESSOR AND CAREFULLY FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER'S
INSTRUCTIONS THAT CAME WITH THE TOOL.
After removing the coil spring
from the assembly, set it aside in a safe, isolated area.
1 : Loosen the
damper rod nut with a socket wrench. To prevent the
suspension support and damper rod from turning, wedge a
screwdriver or prybar between
one of the upper mounting studs and the socket.
2 : Remove the nut
and suspension support. Inspect the bearing in the
suspension support for smooth operation. If it
doesn't turn smoothly, replace the suspension support. Check the
rubber portion of the suspension support for cracking and
general deterioration. If there is any separation of
the rubber, replace
3 : Lift the
spring seat and upper insulator from the damper shaft. Check
the rubber spring seat for cracking and hardness,
replacing it if necessary.
4 : Carefully lift
the compressed spring from the assembly, and set it in a
5 : Slide the
rubber bumper and dust boot off the damper rod, check
the lower insulator for wear, cracking and hardness. Replace
6 : Assemble the
strut beginning with the dust boot and rubber bumper -
extend the damper rod as far as it will go and slide the
boot and bumper down the strut body.
7 : If the lower
insulator is being replaced, set it into position with
the dropped portion seated in the lowest part of the seat.
8 : Carefully
place the coil spring onto the lower insulator, with the
end of the spring resting in the lowest part of the
9 : Install the
upper insulator and spring seat, making sure that the
flats in the hole in the seat match up with the flats on
the damper rod. Seat faces toward the lower bracket,
where the steering knuckle fits.
10 : Install the dust seal and
suspension support to the damper rod.
11 : Install the
nut and tighten, install the strut or shock absorber and