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REMOVE**** FRONT SHOCKS, FIRST OF ALL.SUPPORT THE LOWER CONTROL ARM WITH A JACK,REMOVE FRONT WHEEL, REMOVE BRAKE HOSE AND ABS SENSOR HARNESS TO THE STRUT BOLTS OR CLIPS,REMOVE ACTUATOR FROM TOP OF THE STRUT,IF EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC ADJUSTING SUSPENSION. PAINT ALIGNMENT MARKS ON THE UPPER STRUT MOUNTING BLOCK AND STRUT TOWER AND ON THE LOWER STRUT MOUNT TO STEERING KNUCKLE SO THAT CAN BE REINSTALLED IN THE SAME POSITION. REMOVE UPPER STRUT MOUNTING NUTS, REMOVE THE STRUT TO KNUCKLE BOLTS,REMOVE STRUT ASSEMBLY.TO INSTALL ***** INSTALL STRUT INTO THE STRUT TOWER ALIGNING THE PAINT MARKS MADE DURING REMOVAL.INSTALL UPPER MOUNTING NUTS AND TIGHTEN TO 34 - 46 FT LBS. INSTALL STRUT TO KNUCKLE BOLTS TIGHTEN TO 55 - 61 FT LBS. INSTALL ACTUATOR AND ENGAGE THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR IF EQUIPPED WITH AAS. INSTALL BRAKE HOSE AND ABS SENSOR HARNESS CLIPS OR BOLTS.INSTALL WHEEL AND CHECK ADJUST THE FRONT END ALIGNMENT. TO ( REPLACE REAR SHOCKS ) REMOVE REAR WHEELS, REMOVE REAR PACKAGE TRIM. REMOVE SPEED SENSOR HARNESS, REMOVE TOP STRUT NUTS,THE SUSPENSION WILL DROP WHEN THE WEIGHT LIFTS OFF THE WHEELS. REMOVE BOTTOM STRUT BOLTS.REMOVE STRUT ASSEMBLY.TO INSTALL ***** INSTALL STRUT ASSEMBLY, INSTALL BOTTOM STRUT MOUNT BOLTS AND TIGHTEN TO 55 - 61 FT LBS.INSTALL UPPER MOUNTING NUTS AND TIGHTEN TO 33 - 46 FT LBS. INSTALL SPEED SENSOR HARNESS.INSTALL REAR PACKAGE TRIM. INSTALL REAR WHEELS.
The rubber part at the top is called a stute plate or bearing if replacing strut. Buy them as a complete assembly much easier and safer to put in .and comes with that part & will give better ride, cause it comes with new spring,also and is not much $ more. Hope this is helpful please let us know, if we can of any further assistance.feel free to ask ,Thank You.
it is quite possible that you have a bad strut mount, noticeable by rubber moving from metal, or a leaking strut, looking at the strut you would see hydraulic fluid on it. also sometimes removal and disassembly is the only way to tell. also you could check for bad sway bar links or bushings. hope this helps
Answer REMOVAL - SHOCK ASSEMBLY NOTE: Access for the nuts attaching the rear shock assembly upper mount to the vehicle is through the inside of the trunk.
Roll back carpeting on top of the rear shock tower to access shock mounting nuts. Remove plastic cover from the top of the shock assembly. Remove 2 nuts attaching the shock assembly upper mount/spring seat to the shock tower. Raise vehicle on jackstands or centered on a frame contact type hoist. (Refer to LUBRICATION & MAINTENANCE/HOISTING - STANDARD PROCEDURE) Remove the rear wheel and tire assembly from the vehicle. Remove two fasteners holding the splash shield to the shock assembly upper mount. Remove bolt attaching shock absorber to rear knuckle (Shock Absorber Attachment To Knuckle). Remove the shock absorber from the rear knuckle first when removing the shock absorber from vehicle by pushing down on the rear suspension. Move shock assembly downward and tilt top of shock outward, then remove shock assembly from vehicle through top of wheel opening
It sounds like what you described, the shock tower mounts needs to be replaced. I believe you can buy that tower mount are the dealer and have the old one cut out and the new one welded in place. If your lucky it's just the rear strut mount it self when bad and the shocks when through the shock tower mounts which is a part of the body of the car. Good luck and keep me posted, hope it's just the strut it self.
Unfasten the retainer(s), then remove the hydraulic flex hose
bracket from the strut bracket. If equipped with ABS, the wheel speed
sensor cable routing clip is also attached to the strut assembly
Support the rear knuckle, suspension and brake components before
removing the clevis bracket-to-knuckle attaching bolts. Do NOT allow
the weight of the knuckle and related components hang without support
when the strut is removed.
WARNING The knuckle-to-strut attaching bolts are serrated and must not be
turned during removal. Remove the nuts while holding the bolts
stationary in the knuckle.
Hold the bolt with a wrench, then unfasten the 2 clevis bracket nuts attaching the strut to the knuckle.
Fig. Fig. 2: Location of the knuckle-to-clevis bracket bolts
Carefully lower the vehicle, then open the trunk. Access to the
rear upper strut mount-to-strut tower attaching bolts is through the
trunk of the car.
If necessary, remove the carpet from the top of the strut tower.
Then, remove the rubber dust shield from the top of the strut tower for
easier access to the upper strut nuts.
Loosen, but do not remove the 4 upper strut mounting nuts. Then,
while supporting the strut assembly, fully remove the 4 strut mount
Remove the strut assembly from the knuckle by sliding the knuckle
out of the clevis bracket on the strut, then remove it from the vehicle.
Carefully pull the strut assembly out of the vehicle To install:
Position the strut back into the vehicle with the 4 studs on the
strut mount assembly through holes in the strut tower of the vehicle.
Install the 4 strut mount-to-body attaching nuts onto the mount studs.
Tighten the nuts to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm).
Install the dust shield into the opening on top of the strut tower. Install the carpeting back on top of the rear strut tower.
Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Install the knuckle into the clevis bracket on the strut
assembly. Install the 2 clevis bracket-to-knuckle attaching bolts and
nuts. Hold the bolts with a wrench while tightening the nuts to 70 ft.
lbs. (95 Nm).
Install the brake hose bracket to the strut bracket and secure
with the retaining bolts. If equipped with ABS, the wheel speed sensor
cable routing clip is also attached to the strut bracket.
Install the wheel and tire assembly on the vehicle. Tighten the lug nuts evenly, in sequence, to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
1.Turn ignition to OFF position to place steering column in unlocked position.
2.Remove hub nut
3.Loosen, but do not remove, three top mount-to-shock tower
4.Raise vehicle on a hoist.
5.Remove tire and wheel assembly
6.Move brake caliper and wire out of the way
7.Remove brake rotor
8.Remove cotter pin from tie rod end stud and remove slotted nut.
Discard cotter pin and nut
9.remove tie rod from knuckle
10.Remove stabilizer bar link nut, and remove link from strut
11.Remove and discard lower arm-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt and nut. (A drift punch may be used to remove bolt.) Using a screwdriver, slightly spread knuckle-to-lower arm pinch joint and remove lower arm from steering knuckle.
12.Press halfshaft from hub
13.Remove shock absorber strut-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt. Using a large screwdriver, slightly spread knuckle-to-strut pinch joint, if required, for removal
14.Remove steering knuckle and hub assembly from shock absorber strut
15.Remove three top mount-to-shock tower nuts and remove strut and spring assembly from vehicle
16.Compress spring with Spring Compressor
17.Place 10mm box-end wrench on top of shock strut shaft and hold while removing top shaft retaining nut with a 21mm 6-point crow foot wrench and ratchet
18.Loosen Spring Compressor , then remove top mount bracket assembly, bearing plate assembly and spring.
1.Place a 10mm box-end wrench on top of shock strut shaft and hold while tightening top shaft retaining nut with a 21mm 6-point crow foot wrench and ratchet to 53-72 Nm (40-53 lb-ft).
2.Install strut and spring assembly and three top mount-to-shock tower nuts
3.Install steering knuckle and hub assembly to shock absorber strut.
4.Install a new shock absorber strut-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt. Tighten to 98-132 Nm (73-97 lb-ft).
5.Install halfshaft into hub
6.Install lower arm to steering knuckle ensuring that ball stud groove is properly positioned and boot seal is not damaged. Install a new pinch bolt and nut. Tighten to 53-72 Nm (40-53 lb-ft).
7.Install stabilizer bar link to strut and install a new stabilizer bar link nut. Tighten to 77-103 Nm (57-75 lb-ft).
8.Install tie rod end onto knuckle.
9.Install a new tie rod end slotted nut. Tighten to 31-47Nm (23-34 lb-ft).
10.Install a new slotted nut retaining cotter pin.
11.Install brake rotor
12.Install brake caliper
13.Install tire and wheel assembly
14.Tighten three top mount-to-shock tower nuts to 30-40Nm (23-29 lb-ft).
15.Lower vehicle and tighten hub nut to 230-275 Nm (170-202 lb-ft)
16.Depress brake pedal several times prior to moving vehicle.