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Front struts on a 2000 pathfinder. The haynes manual says the notch in the upper spring seat is supposed to face outwards. The notch on the strut I removed is facing inwards. Which way is correct?

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When in doubt,call a Nissan dealer.They will normally tell you for free.Talk to a technician(obviously).If they do not tell you,call a couple of shops.Someone will tell you for free to attract your future business.Then,make a note in your haynes.Good luck! Greg

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Strut and Spring Assembly Removal
  1. Raise the vehicle on a hoist.
  1. Remove the front wheel and tire assembly.
  1. ani_caut.gif CAUTION: To avoid damage to the 6mm drive hole in the front stabilizer bar link ball stud, do not use an Allen wrench to break loose or tighten to final torque the front stabilizer bar link-to-front shock absorber nut.
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  1. ani_caut.gif CAUTION: Do not allow the halfshaft to move outboard. Over extension of the CV joint may result in the separation of internal parts, causing failure of the joint.
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  1. ani_caut.gif CAUTION: The strut assembly is under spring tension. Attempting to disassemble the strut without properly compressing the spring can result in injury.
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  1. ani_caut.gif CAUTION: The bearing and seal assembly is press-fit onto the upper mount. The mount washers must be installed in the correct orientation.
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  1. ani_caut.gif CAUTION: Do not over tighten the lock nut; damage to the lock nut or piston rod could result.
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  1. Install the front wheel and tire assembly.
  1. Lower the vehicle.
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I know, right. I had the same problem using the Haynes manual when I replaced mine on my '97 4WD Pathfinderl. With the notch facing away from the vehicle, it does not look right, because the angle of the upper seat does not match the coil spring winding angle. I didn't take note of the location of the notch prior to removal. I still installed the upper spring seat with the notch facing outward per the manual. I still wonder if this is correct. What have you found out?

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