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Remove or disconnect the following:
Hold the hex on the attaching link stud while breaking the nut loose. The attaching link does not have to be removed from the strut.
Caliper assembly and rotor from the hub, if equipped with rear disc brakes
Brake flex hose from the support bracket and wheel cylinder, if equipped with rear drum brakes. Plug the brake flex hose to prevent system contamination. Do not allow the rear caliper to hang by the brake hose. Support the caliper off of the frame with a strong piece of wire.
Speed sensor cable routing bracket and tube, if equipped with Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Lateral links to the rear spindle assembly bolts
Rear strut assembly-to-stabilizer bar attaching link at the stabilizer bar
Remove the rear spindle-to-strut assembly pinch bolt. Install a center punch in the hole on the spindle and tap the punch into the hole until jammed. This will spread the spindle casting allowing it to be removed from the strut.
Using a hammer, tap on the top surface of the spindle, driving the spindle down and off the end of the strut assembly. Let the spindle and assembled components hang from the trailing arm while the strut is being serviced.
From inside the trunk of the vehicle, remove the 3 upper strut mounting bolts and remove the strut from the vehicle.
Disassemble the strut by performing the following procedure:
Service of the coil spring requires the use of a coil spring compressor tool. It is required that 5 coils be captured within the jaws of the compressor tool.
which engine option, you do know belts are not same on all engines right? fact.
2.7L V6 or bigger? IDN.
same on all cars. (answering in generic form do to above)
loosen the tension-er.
take off old
put back new
and if not a spring tension-er,set proper tension
the fSM cover all this.
why not read the manual, RTM?
here is one example (get the book, RTM or see alldata.com)
2008 xl7 engine
Remove the air cleaner assembly. Refer to Air Cleaner Assembly Replacement .
Install the engine support fixture. Refer to Engine Support Fixture .
Remove the engine mount strut bracket. Refer to Engine Mount Strut Bracket Replacement - Right Side .
Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle .
Remove the engine splash shield. Refer to Engine Splash Shield Replacement - Right Side .
Remove the right side engine mount bracket. Refer to Engine Mount Bracket Replacement - Right Side .
Lower the vehicle
Rotate the drive belt tensioner clockwise to release the drive belt tension.
Slide the drive belt off of the belt idler pulley (1).
Slowly release the drive belt tensioner.
Remove the drive belt from the accessory drive pulleys.
Install the drive belt to the crankshaft pulley, the tensioner and the generator.
Rotate the drive belt tensioner clockwise.
Install the drive belt to the idler pulley (1).
Important: Ensure the drive belt is properly aligned and seated into the grooves of the accessory drive pulleys.
Slowly release the drive belt tensioner.
Raise the vehicle.
Install the right side engine mount bracket. Refer to Engine Mount Bracket Replacement - Right Side .
Install the engine splash shield. Refer to Engine Splash Shield Replacement - Right Side .
Lower the vehicle.
Install the engine mount strut bracket. Refer to Engine Mount Strut Bracket Replacement - Right Side .
Remove the engine support fixture. Refer to Engine Support Fixture .
Install the the air cleaner assembly. Refer to Air Cleaner Assembly Replacement .
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).
Suspension Strut: Service and Repair Removal and Installation REMOVAL 1. Remove the package tray trim panel. 2. Remove the upper strut and spring assembly nuts. 3. Raise and support the vehicle. 4. Slide the brake hose clip off and position the brake hose aside. 5. If equipped with anti-lock brakes, remove the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) sensor bracket bolt. 6. Remove the lower strut and spring assembly bolts and the strut and spring assembly. INSTALLATION 1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
Many of the 95 Cutlass Supremes have a transverse leaf spring suspension on the rear and there are no coil springs. I believe it depends on whether it is a 2 door or 4 door model. It is much easier to do the struts on the transverse leaf spring type. Support the knuckle with a jack or jack stand. Unbolt the upper mounting bracket by removing 2 bolts from inside the wheel well. Then remove the 2 bolts holding the bottom of the strut to the knuckle. Now you can remove the upper mounting bracket from the strut and place it on the new strut. Reinstall by reversing the procedure.
You can also leave the upper mounting bracket on the car and just unbolt the strut, but this can be more difficult. Support the knuckle with a jack or jack stand. Use a torx socket to keep the strut shaft from spinning and remove the upper mounting nut. Now remove the 2 bolts holding the bottom of the strut to the knuckle. Reinstall by reversing the procedure.
raise rear of vechicle then support by jack stands.let rear suspension hang to take pressure off strut coil springs.remove rear package tray trim panel. remove rear wheel.remove brake load sensor .remove brake hose.remove stabilizer bar bracket and link.remove tension strut .remove spindle pinch bolt and strut assembly.if the strut coil spring broke you wont need a coil springcompressor.BESURE INSTALL NEW MOUNTING BOLTS AND PINCH BOLT.install the strut assembly.use a new pinch bolt .torque it to 50-67 ft lbs.torque the 3 upper mounting nuts to 19-25 ft lbs. tension strut torque nut to 35-46 ft lbs. stabilizer bar link torque to 60- 81 inch pounds.stabilizer bar bracket torque to 25-33 ft lbs.NOW INSTALL .brake hose / brake load sensor/ rear wheel /rear package tray trim panel.