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  1. If equipped, remove front strut tower cap from top of strut assembly.
  2. Remove three nuts fastening strut assembly to strut tower.
  3. Raise and support vehicle.
  4. Remove wheel mounting nuts, then tire and wheel assembly.
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  5. Remove nut (2) fastening stabilizer link (3) to strut assembly (1). Slide link ball joint stem from strut assembly.
  6. Remove bolt securing strut assembly to lower control arm.
  7. Disconnect wheel speed sensor cable routing clip at brake tube bracket.
  8. Loosen nut attaching upper ball joint stud to knuckle. Back nut off until nut is even with end of stud. Keeping nut on at this location will help keep end of stud from distorting while using Puller in next step.
  9. Using Puller (2), Special Tool 9360, separate the upper ball joint stud (1) from knuckle.
  10. Remove nut from end of upper ball joint stud.
  11. Tip top of knuckle outward using care not to overextend bake flex hose.
  12. Remove strut assembly from vehicle.
    06009-300c-g188.gif Rear wheel drive front suspension
To install:
  1. Place strut assembly into front suspension using reverse direction in which it was removed.

    WARNING It is important to tighten nut as described in following step to avoid damaging ball stud joint.
  2. Place upper ball joint stud through hole in top of knuckle and install nut. Tighten nut by holding ball joint stud with a hex wrench while turning nut with a wrench. Tighten nut using crow foot wrench on torque wrench to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm) + 90° turn torque.
  3. Connect wheel speed sensor cable routing clip at brake tube bracket.
  4. Install lower strut mounting bolt attaching strut assembly to lower control arm. Do not tighten bolt at this time.
  5. Slide stabilizer link ball joint stem into strut assembly from front. Install nut fastening link to strut assembly. Tighten nut by holding ball joint stud while turning nut. Tighten nut using crow foot wrench on torque wrench to 95 ft. lbs. (128 Nm).
  6. Install tire and wheel assembly. Tighten wheel mounting nuts to 110 ft. lbs. (150 Nm).
  7. Lower vehicle.
  8. Install three nuts fastening strut assembly to strut tower. Tighten nuts to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
  9. If equipped, align strut tower cap with strut mounting nuts and snap into place.


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