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Re: 1998 Buick LeSabre - back seat removal for installing...
Are you sure you have to pull the back seat? Those strut towers should be behind the seats and therefore should be accessible from the trunk. There might be some carpeting that is covering up the access, and it is probably a little cramped but I believe you can get to them from there.
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Here's my tip.... Your springs are what holds the vehicle up, the shock absorbers or struts are to stop it bouncing. Sounds to me like your springs are too soft and cannot hold up the load you are trying to carry.
No, it isn't... You need: -20" breaker bar -torque wrench -Liquid wrench (or WD-40 if you don't have any) -Jack and stands -sockets to fit all of the connections
1. Remove the back seat: Bottom cushion comes out by pushing it rearwards and lifting, undo the 2 seatbelt bolts and 2 push nuts and remove the back cushion
2. Jack and support the frame of the car 3. Remove the wheels 4. Place a jack under the control arm where the spring connects to it and put a little tension on the spring. (this is so that when you unbolt the strut the control arm won't come crashing down) 5. Remove the air tube by rotating the spring clip 90 degrees and pulling on the tube at the connector. 5. Remove the lower strut bolts. (Exprerience shows me that removing the lower one first will save you lots of agony...) 6. Remove the two strut mounting bolts that are behind the back seat cushion. 7. Compress the strut and remove from the vehicle. 8. Installation is opposite of the removal. Remember to use a new mount if the one you are removing is worn. I recommend Quick-strut 171798. Good Luck!
P.S. Torque Specs are: Lower Strut bolts- 140 ft/lbs Upper strut bolts- 30 ft/lbs Mount to strut bolt - 70ft/lbs
The battery for the 2000 Buick Lesabre is under the back seat. I stand inside the car at about the middle of the back seat. Using both hands I pull up sharply on the back seat until it comes up. Remove the seat and you'll see the battery. Changing the battery is the same procedure as any battery. Remove the negative battery clamp first, then the positive, unbolt the battery, and lift it out.
First you must remove the rear seat to gain access to the top strut mounts. The bottom of the rear seat comes out first. On the 91 model there are two tabs at the base of the seat bottm that you pull forward to release the seat bottom. I'm not sure if the 89 is the same. After removal of the rear seat bottom, you will see a bolt at the bottom of each side of the rear seat back that need to be removed. Fold down the arm rest and disconnect the vinyl cover at the base of the armrest to expose and remove two screws. Push up on the rear seat back to unhook three plastic hooks (center and one at each end) at the top of the rear seat back. Remove the seat back. Remove the large metal support panel that is behind the seat back. Safely jack up the rear of the car and support on jack stands so the rear wheels hang free. Doing one strut at a time, remove the two top strut mount bolts leaving the center strut stud nut in place. The strut and mount will lower out of the unibody. Disconnect the bottom strut mount. Remove the strut/coil spring assembly. Using a strut/spring compressor (some auto parts stores rent these) compress the spring. Carefully remove the top strut stud retaining nut, top strut mount, bumpers and strut boot. Carefully install compressed spring, strut boot, bumpers and top strut mount on new strut and install washer and retaining nut. Reinstall strut and etc. in reverse order.