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2000 Nissan Pathfinder struts. The Haynes manual says that the notch in the upper spring seat is supposed to face outwards. The notch on the strut I removed was facing inwards. Which way is correct?

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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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SOURCE: Front struts on a 2000 pathfinder. The haynes

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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