Install a new cotter pin (the control arm may come with a replacement) into the castle nut. Loosen the lug nuts on the front wheels. Loosen and remove the nuts holding the arm in place. Remove the 2 lower ball joint mount bolts from the steering knuckle. 6) Remove the nut/bolt that connects the lower straight arm to the frame. Loosen both lock rings under the spring (spring seat ring (top) and spring lock ring (bottom)) so that the spring is loose and can move up and down slightly. That way is sometimes faster than alternatives, sometimes not. The clunk is due to either the rubber, bearing wear or a loose top nut, so there may be sight differences in the mount dimensions. Check the top pin bolts and rubber bushes: also the whole mounting plate and surrounding area for rust. Reinstall the strut assembly in reverse order, starting with the top bolts. Torque the bolts to 37 ft/lbs and the nuts to 32 ft/lbs. Time to strap those spring compressors back on again. Checking the top nut and bottom spring seat were the first thing I did. Clicking this will make more experts see the question and we will remind you when it gets answered. Remove the 10mm screw that holds the abs sensor & the whole strut assembly should fall out. Drill Extractor Set (Also known as Easy-Outs) WD-40. Using Wrench (5039 for standard strut or 5173 for gas strut), remove strut retaining nut and strut. Moving to the engine bay, loosen and remove the strut shaft nut with a 24mm socket. Click to expand. Be sure you have placed your jack under the spindle and lifted the control arm just enough to relieve the tension from the strut bolts. Install the new strut by loosely attaching the upper end of the strut by placing the captive bolts on the mount through the holes in the vehicle’s body. If the Bolts haven't been out in a while they can corrode. (the left was replaced last year when the car was hit by a speeding driver. How to Prevent Screws From Becoming Loose. I tried to hold the nut still and turn the bolt but it just proceeded to try and strip the bolt. Installation was very simple, just twist the bar until it fits over your strut tower bolts and begin to loosen and remove the bolts. (The other two nuts, top and bottom, are to mount the shock to the vehicle. Take the bolt off the ball joint. All threads should still be engaged. Go ahead and loosen the strut to knuckle bolts 20. 3) the pickle fork stuck in there, prying on it for leverage, while hammering the stud (nut attached) with a sledge (This whole time I have been soaking it with penetrating oil for a couple days) I reallly don't want to take apart the whole strut (pinch bolt on the top of the yoke, sway bar, upper control arm pinch bolt for upper ball joint. Loosen the two strut to spindle bolts with a 24mm open end wrench on the nut and a 21mm socket on the bolt. 3) Hold female tool and turn bolt until it touches hex end of damper piston rod threads. Somebody did not properly tighten the back nut on the on the strut rod or you would not be having this problem. 4) Remove and save nut (J) from outer tie rod end, if so equipped, and disconnect tie rod end from strut. For coilovers that offer camber adjustment, you will loosen the four allen head bolts on the top of the coilover then adjust the coilover inwards or outwards. LOOSEN the lower control arm to subframe bolt and the strut bolt. Counterhold the other side. Gland nut refers to to the big circular deal that holds the cartridge in the strut housing. Spray paint in between the bolt head and strut body, and between the nut and the strut body, then reassemble and torque quickly. We'll reinstall the factory nut. Removing the Strut from the Assembly. These 2 bolts are at the bottom of the strut. If all these methods fail to remove the broken bolt (yes, we've had this happen. Toyota would have used a welded if they could, but there's kind of a strut that goes there. Remove the two lower strut bolts. One side bolts to the vehicle, the other side to the strut. According to an article in Fastener + Fixing, the idea of using two nuts, a thick one and a thinner one (called a jammer nut), has been used for over 150 years to prevent. I used WD40 and sheer brute strength to finally loosen the nut from the bolt thread, but can't get it off the last ½ inch of the bolt. Unlike channel nut attachments, through-bolt connections like the ones shown below induce a compressive load into. place a 7/16. To adjust the spring on a coilover suspension system, you need to unlock the steel perch from the bottom of the shock by loosening the ring at the bottom of the spring. Its a nylock so always a bit reluctant to loosen. Begin loosening the nuts on the two lower mounting bolts that hold the strut to the steering knuckle, until the nuts are flushed with the lower end of the bolts. Place wheel chocks behind rear tires. He mounted a 5 foot length right onto the concrete wall with special epoxy-secured-bolts. Step 3 – Remove brake line bracket bolt. Discussion Starter · #1 · Oct 31, 2014. This is about koni adjustable struts (yellow). While I managed to get these old bolts off without any hassle, the broken one won't budge, may be because I don't have enough leverage there. I shortened the one I made into a tool to get the Torx bit down into the strut shaft while the nut is loosened. Removal and installation of Struts Removal and installation of the struts is really quite straight forward. 3) Remove and save the spindle-to-strut assembly pinch bolt (E). Discussion Starter • #1 • Apr 30, 2003. You will need a 24 mm wrench for the nut and a 11 mm socket to hold the damper rod. Remove the two lower strut bolts. Break the torque on the top strut bolt, but DO NOT REMOVE IT (LOOSEN ONLY). Remove the two 14mm caliper bracket bolts, as well as the caliper bracket and pads: Remove the brake rotor: Loosen up and remove the 19mm nuts at the bottom of the strut. Remove the strut pinch bolt from back of hub (when refitting tighten to 85NM) The JTIS states the use of a special tool to open up the gap in the back of this joint (a bent bar), you may need to improvise with a large flat bladed screw driver to open it up if you find the strut bottom is jammed later. After the back end is up take off the wheels to get to the shocks. Lift new strut assembly into the wheel well and finger tighten the four nuts on the strut tower. Pass it through the strut to knuckle bolt holes and rotate the strut to the proper location. Also, what kind of noise does a bad strut make? When compressed, the knocking sound that is often heard is caused by the strut "bottoming out" or metal-to-metal contact. If not, grab the shaft with some big-arse Vise-Grips and hammer that nut off with a 1/2" impact. Way easier than a pipe wrench, and won't destroy your gland nuts! Zinc-coated for durability, made by Bilstein for. Cut to length and bend (if desired) as needed. Warning, never loosen or remove the center upper rod nut unless the spring tension is contained. I'm gonna break, loosen, and remove the two bottom bolts with a 22 millimeter socket and the half inch ratchet. You can loosen these bolts with a 17mm 3/8" socket with no extension for better leverage. Allow puller yoke to drop down towards floor. Use soft faced hammer to drive bolts from knuckle. For coilovers that offer camber adjustment, you will loosen the four allen head bolts on the top of the coilover then adjust the coilover inwards or outwards. Start by popping off the plastic cowl just behind the strut tower. Much, much easier to do than removing assembly and then trying to undo. See IMAGE 3 for reference. Turn strut adjusting bolt to adjust camber. Counterhold the other side. Now, remove the two lower 22mm bolts (green arrows above) and allow the steering knuckle to sag. Break the torque on the top strut bolt, but DO NOT REMOVE IT (LOOSEN ONLY). The Idler Arm and Pitman Arm are two of the most commonly worn steering components. Do not loosen the bolts too much. Loosen the 19mm strut bolt (green) and the three 12mm strut top bolts (red). Strut-to-steering knuckle fasteners. Secure the strut with the three nuts. AC Delco struts do not have the torx bit in the top of the rod, they have a 10mm flat. Loosen the 3 top strut nuts until they are only on a few turns. Give the shock top nut a generous blast of PB Blaster, being careful not to over-spray it into your carpet. Tighten in place with the nut provided. The front shock absorbers have a bottom retaining bolt that will also need to be loosened so that the shock can be removed. Strut Rod Nut Socket (24 mm) This specially designed socket is needed to loosen and tighten the top strut nut when servicing the strut spring or strut cartridge. Open the hood and locate the strut bolts, usually a circle of three bolts on a pan in the engine compartment, to each side of the car, near the windshield. How to Prevent Screws From Becoming Loose. Make sure the outer bearing doesn't fall out. nuts and bolts involved with the removal of the front struts. The strut was chopped on either side of the ring that surrounds the bearing and I hacked away at the bearing until it came free. Once the struts are loose enough to move, push on the wheel to move the strut inward. If the strut will not separate from the steering knuckle, use a pry tool to pry off the connection or work it loose with wiggling action. Loosen, but do not remove, three upper strut mounting nuts (13 mm). 230k members in the Cartalk community. Now pull the brake rotor to get the strut free from the A-arm. The brake hose will still be attached to the caliper, do not let them hang by the hose. Ensure the torque wrench is properly set to the proper value, in this instance on the E46 it is set to 47 ft lbs. Install nut to hold the sway bar in place but do not tighten at this time. Wiggle the strut assembly out. Once the bottom of the assembly has been removed, you can go back and remove the remaining upper nut. Loosen all the front wheel lug bolts a single turn. See all 26 photos Tip: after installing the inner end of the strut rod, check the tightness of the strut rod bracket bolts while you are there. This strut mount secures to the body with four nuts that you can access under the hood of the car. Caution: Keep all the scissor bolts and nuts in place until the strut assembly is removed from the airplane. place jack under a arm with about 1to2 inches clearance. Loosen and remove the two 24mm strut to spindle retain nuts. Lots of fender struts use one bolt at the frame, and one bolt at the fender. Step 10 — Use a large pipe wrench to loosen the strut gland nut. If the bolt is really stuck, spray both bolts with WD-40 to help loosen. Discussion Starter · #10 · Jul 18, 2015. Use a nut splitter to disconnect the suspension from the nut and remove from the bolt. This process will allow the bottom of the strut to pivot freely out of the spindle area once the lower mounting bolts are removed. These two I'd tighten. Remove the wheel. You must loosen the lug bolts before raising the car. Begin loosening the nuts on the two lower mounting bolts that hold the strut to the steering knuckle, until the nuts are flushed with the lower end of the bolts. they would have tightened those or replaced them rather than leaving them loose. Leave the nuts loose so the strut can be pivoted. From the top, install the upper guide bushing. Step 4: Jack up by the center cross member at center. Mark the head of these bolts, They have to go back in EXACTLY how they came out. Use WD-40 spray. Install upper torque strut (loose), cruise control actuator, ground strap, and power steering reservior. Check the top pin bolts and rubber bushes: also the whole mounting plate and surrounding area for rust. Take the 17mm wrench and remove the caliper carrier (also know as the torque member, or caliper frame) bolts. Take a monkey wrench a tighten it. I was able to get everything replaced when I went to put the nut on the last (of 2) strut mount bolts. Loosen the nut on top of the strut underneath the hood. While many designs of support struts snap in place as easily as wiper blades, others must be unbolted with an open-ended wrench. This will help protect the CV boot the moment you remove the topmost portion of the strut assembly. Use an impact gun to screw the nut on the strut inside the engine bay. Mine were pretty rusted in. Try fitting in a proper hammer in there or use the handle end of a 1/2" drive ratchet or something. NOTE: On the McPhearson strut-equipped cars, it is not necessary to remove brake caliper or disconnect tie rod or strut assembly. Start with a small 1/8-inch pilot hole. Install a new bolt and torque to specifications. Step 2: Removing the Suspension Strut. Of course, one of those top three body bolts was difficult to access, but I got all three out. Then remove nut from stabilizer bar to strut assembly attaching link stud, at the stabilizer bar (see picture)The attaching link does not have to be removed from strut assembly. Detach the sway /stabilizer bar link from the suspension strut. Remove the strut rod nut, mounting plate, and spring seat. Kind of a self locking nut. Step 1: loosen the lugnuts. I bought two pairs so I can use three compressors to compress one spring. Just starting a home project and the first thing the instructions say is remove the screw/bolt. Use wheel impact socket #H12. Another reason to replace the sway bars!. Use pliers to loosen any bolts that appear tight. Take care undoing the last 14mm nut - the strut will want to fall out. Reconnect the pinch bolt, and torque the nut to 66 ft-lb. just pay attention to what goes where and to the pics included and you will be fine. Gas struts are absolutely fundamental to the workings of your car. Most people will have to go buy or rent tools for this. Loosen the lower control arm bolts. Loose strut housing nut If you changed your shocks, you may have a loose strut nut. The brake hose will still be attached to the caliper, do not let them hang by the hose. Note that these bolts are splined and you may/will have to “drift” them out using a smaller-diameter bolt or rod, as shown in the picture below. The stabilizer bar and strut rod must rod must also be unbolted fromed from the control arm The bolts passing through the bushing are then removes To install a new power steering belt loosen. Leave the nuts loose so the strut can be pivoted. Line up the struts bolt holes with the spindles. Using a wrench to hold the nut on one end and another wrench to turn the nut of the other, remove the sway bar end link. Raise and support vehicle. Loosen the third bolt. Tighten bolts to specification. Inspect that the o-ring is seated inside the aft groove in the strut. Loosen the coil spring compressors alternating sides to allow the coil spring to mount evenly. Remove the warning sticker from the strut. Attach lower strut tubes to the brackets or holes provided (identified by labels) with the attached 1/4 X 9/16 hex machine bolts and washers. Lots of fender struts use one bolt at the frame, and one bolt at the fender. Disassemble the strut Use spring compressors on the spring to relieve pressure on the strut top. Eric I recently installed a strut brace on my 83SC,I heated the bolts with the old blue wrench for about 20-30 seconds and they came right out!! Heat is the way to go. Replacing the bush looked like a easy job until I got to the top strut nut inside the engine bay. Reinstall the grill and windshield wipers. I took it in for an alignment and he says he has to change the bolts, for camber bolts at $45 per bolt. Tighten in place with the nut provided. 1,247 Posts. Note: If equipped, remove the strut tower brace. Loosen the strut spring. Loosen the 19mm strut bolt (green) and the three 12mm strut top bolts (red). then he spun the shaft inside the strut, and the nut is still loose, because you need to keep the shaft from spinning somehow. Remove the nuts and bolts at the bottom of the strut and carefully lift the strut assembly from the wheel well. When replacing the upper strut mount insulator and bearing, use spring compressing equipment to compress the spring and remove the original strut mount retaining nut, insulator bearing pack and O. Using a wrench to hold the nut on one end and another wrench to turn the nut of the other, remove the sway bar end link. — Using special tool (VW 267 a) or equivalent, separate tie rod from strut. ) When all four brackets are installed and tight, attach the struts to the ball mounts on the body bracket and the hood bracket by snapping the strut onto the ball studs. Moving to the engine bay, loosen and remove the strut shaft nut with a 24mm socket. Be sure to position the filtering element correctly. Then loosen both droplink bolts and re-torque, although i may leave one of them as i ruined my sway bar link thread on one side and luckily a mechanic was there who re threaded it for me so not sure if taking it out is a good idea. The struts are Corksport adjustable struts. Another way is. This needs to be done when putting the arms back onto the car. In order to remove this nut you need to use an impact gun. Remove the two lower strut bolts. This will support the strut assembly while you place the two larger bolts at the bottom on the steering knuckle. Stock vs Urd Stage 2 Broken Bolts in Taillight Assembly Cargo net question (Amazon) Using torch to loosen bed bolts Discussion in ' 2nd Gen. Hand-tighten the three strut mount bolts. Once the spring is compressed enough to relief the pressure against the strut mount, to separate the spring from the strut cartridge, use 17mm box wrench on the top nut with a wrench holding the strut stem from spinning. See all 26 photos Tip: after installing the inner end of the strut rod, check the tightness of the strut rod bracket bolts while you are there. You are correct, if the shaft is spun too much in one direction the strut will start leaking fluid through the adjustment on top therefore its blown. the old and the new struts The strut insulator can then be removed from the top of the shaft. on my struts, (Image 2) the #6 rubber are bad, and the #12 bump stop is bad. Loosen and remove the nuts on the wheels using a tire iron, then remove the wheels and set them off to the side. Torque to 48 ft/lbs. A second set of hands in very helpful here. Step 4 – Remove strut bolts and end link bolt. Remove the two strut mount through-bolts that attach to the hub. Torque to 85lb-ft upon reassembly. To adjust the spring on a coilover suspension system, you need to unlock the steel perch from the bottom of the shock by loosening the ring at the bottom of the spring. Don't risk misaligning the bolt and messing up your ability to reinstall the shock properly. Leave bolts loose- do NOT tighten until Step 8. I used a 2x4 and a scissor jack to push it back flush from the wall, being observant that nothing was moving / popping, and it worked, but seemed to be a lot of extra work I shouldn't have had. The torque value isn't critical except to keep the nut from backing off, and a nylock would prevent that. Install the new strut by loosely attaching the upper end of the strut by placing the captive bolts on the mount through the holes in the vehicle’s body. Remove the two 22mm strut bolts. Open the 240Z's hood and locate the three bolts securing the top of the strut to the top of the vehicle's fender under the hood. Now reinstall the strut. There is a good chance that the hole is worn egg shaped from running loose and you will have to replace both the strut rod and the lower. Inspection of the bump stop is recommended at this time. 2) Place the retainer, new collar, new bushing, and then the control arm…. I think you're talking about the strut nut at the top (visible under the hood). See all 26 photos Tip: after installing the inner end of the strut rod, check the tightness of the strut rod bracket bolts while you are there. Lockwashers don't work in cars. Most kits provide only strut spacers depending on the size of the lowering kit and Steps 3-6 are not required. Use a ratcheting socket wrench or impact wrench with a 13 mm deep socket to remove the three nuts. Careful inspection is often required to identify the cause. Remove the cup, then the rubber mount. This may come too late for transit wind, but it might help other DIYers who may be searching for answers to this common strut replacement dilemma at some time. There, the. Loosening a rust-frozen nut and bolt is one of the major headaches in shock replacement. I think I may have damaged the thread when holding the bolt with pliers so I could loosen and twist the nut off towards the end of the bolt. Take care not to alter any other jaw positions (useful for the second side). Be careful not to damage the hub bolts when removing the front wheel and tire (A). I can loosen it by hand:banghead: the three surrounding bolts are tight but the big one isnt. Replace worn bump stops as necessary. Shop at dealer. now there is a big nut and the tip of the strut sticking out. Then loosen the two nuts at the bottom of the strut to remove from car. An impact gun makes short work of removing the strut nut. Impact, air chisel, brute hulk like strength nothin would let that bolt loose without tearing up the bushing. Remove the wire clipped onto the strut tower bolts. Loosen the old strut from the knuckle (see Figure D). The socket is used with a 1/2" ratchet or breaker bar to turn the strut nut while holding the strut rod with the appropriate wrench. While lifting the strut with one hand, install the 3 bolts at the top. Set the parking brake. NOTE: Do NOT remove or replace any factory adjustable bolts. Install bilstein struts & eibach springs. Summary: remove the bolts securing the struts and remove the strut assembly from the car. Eric I recently installed a strut brace on my 83SC,I heated the bolts with the old blue wrench for about 20-30 seconds and they came right out!! Heat is the way to go. Once the strut is assembled and the top center rod nut has been tightened to hold the spring in place, the coil spring compressors can be removed. thats what the little hole with the hex on top is all about. I but from german online but usually for 100€ or more in one go. Unlike the rear strut mount, there is no spacer below the strut rod nut. Lower mounting bolt/nuts. Remove the strut assembly. As stated above, just attach the upper bolts, and use a long screw driver or similar bar. Remove the bolts that hold the spindle to the strut. Probably not needed b/c the Bilstein 22-mm NUT is the self-locking type anyway. Loosen the suspension arm set bolt. Bolt Locking. 10) Remove the two 19mm strut bar bolts, then disconnect it from the lower control arm as shown. Locate the arm supporting the lower end of the strut and support it with a jack stand. step 3 :Remove the bottom part of the strut. Re-install the brake line bracket to the bottom of the strut using the 15/16” socket. Remove the top strut to knuckle bolt and notice how it is actually a cam bolt. Tighten to specifications. Tap down and the clevis mount, then use a large pry bar on the lower control arm to remove the strut from the clevis. I attempted to use painters tape to prevent the strut brace ring from getting beat up, even though the tape looks ripped it did its job:. Tighten all bolts attaching the strut to the corresponding steering and suspension elements (stabiliser link, tie rods, steering knuckle, etc. Lift new strut assembly into the wheel well and finger tighten the four nuts on the strut tower. Unfasten and remove the 4 bolts (M) mounting the strut plate to the vehicle. To adjust the spring on a coilover suspension system, you need to unlock the steel perch from the bottom of the shock by loosening the ring at the bottom of the spring. Loosen but do not remove the 18mm strut to spindle bolts* and flagnuts*. Tighten the bolt to 150 Nm (111 lb-ft). Tacomas (2005-2015) ' started by Masmohs , Jun 13, 2021 at 10:54 AM. Inner wing with three 13mm bolt heads to undo to remove strut. Pre-Assembled Upper Strut Mount: OE-style bearings, SAE-grade nuts & bolts, Superior rubber-to-steel bonding, Plated steel for durability, All components manufactured to meet or exceed OE performance 。. Align lower shock fork and reinstall lower bolt. Figure 1 5. You can loosen these bolts with a 17mm 3/8" socket with no extension for better leverage. hopefully its the nut thats stripped not the bolt. ‘Remind Me’ features all of Patrice Rushen’s chart singles, 12” versions and popular sample sources on one album for the first time. They can be pretty tough to loosen, so use penetrating oil with either a breaker bar or air tool. Step 2 – Locate the strut tower bolts. The next step in a front strut replacement procedure is the actual removal of the strut assembly. While holding the lower arm horizontal, tighten to 85-97 ft. Once both ends of the shock absorber have been loosened, you can then pull the absorber out from the bottom of the A frame. It is basically a hollow 18mm socket with a small arm on it. The strut assembly should remain in place because of a sleeve (part of the strut assembly) that fits into a hole in the rear suspension [see photo below]. Counterhold the other side. Pop the hood and apply penetrating oil to the top four bolts. do not remove, just leave 1 in or so gap. Step 9 — Pull the upper strut mount, spring seat, spring and bump stop / protective boot from the strut. Tap out strut to knuckle bolts 23. 12 - Good Luck :). Check that no parts such as exhaust components bind on the shock absorbers. Loosen front strut mount 21mm nut on both sides. Remove the axle shaft nut with a 36-mm socket and powered impact driver. But better to overkill here. 2) Remove and save the pinch bolt (C) and nut (D) that retain the lower end of the strut housing. Repeat for the other side. Lift up the steering knuckle wheel hub+rotor+break caliper assembly off of the control arm (clearing the balljoint) and cradle it in your lap (its heavy). Tools: *18 mm wrench *Rubber mallet *WD 40 or equivalent solution to help loosen the bolts *replacement part My old torque strut mount was torn and was making the shifting a bit difficult, and there was considerable engine vibration. Mark the rotation of the upper camber bolts, then loosen the upper and lower bolts while applying a vertical load on the hub with a jack. For coilovers that offer camber adjustment, you will loosen the four allen head bolts on the top of the coilover then adjust the coilover inwards or outwards. The Monroe's are not made exactly stock, so when you try to tighten the nut on top of the strut, the entire strut shaft turns with it so that you cannot tighten it properly. Loosen the lower strut-clamp bolt and replace the strut, obviously need a spring compressor. Lower arm strut into the lower arm rear strut bushingLower arm into the front sub-frame bracketNew lower arm-to-front subframe nut and bolt. My plan is to just pull the lower control arm and the strut as one unit. Reinstall the strut assembly in reverse order, starting with the top bolts. Remove the retaining bolt on the driver’s side strut using a wrench and ratchet. installation of the upper strut rod reducers. This way once you weaken it, you still have a bolt head to turn. Just stick the spark plug socket on the top strut nut, place allen key down the middle of it to hold the strut piston in place, and use a wrench to loosen the nut. how to tighten suspension bolts, car on the ground or lifted? You are right they need to be tightened with the car on the ground at ride hight. ) 2) Secure the rear strut to housing with a new self locking nut. Flex-Strut Concrete Inserts are the ideal solution for easily installed anchors to concrete foundations. But, what I learned on the first bolt, I used on the second. The U-bolts should be double nutted, so the nuts can be quite tight, and you do not want to break the U-bolt while trying to loosen the nuts. You want to drill out the threaded side, before you even think of trying to loosen the bolt. Use a Magnet. You have to keep wiggling it around till it comes off. first loosen the axle bolt. New lower arm ball. The brake hose will still be attached to the caliper, do not let them hang by the hose. lift the plastic trim on top to remove the 3 nuts holding the strut. I've run into a couple of E60's with aftermarket struts that are longer and had to loosen the strut pinch bolts. Mark the head of these bolts, They have to go back in EXACTLY how they came out. The axle is now free to drop to the ground or floor. Insert the 21mm bolts into the bottom of the strut and knuckle. The way I did those (twice) was to put the nut on while the spring was still compressed, IIRC. On the back struts your going to want to take off the 2 bolts that are holding the strut on (then tap them out), along with disconnecting the swaybar. Step 2 - (Front) Loosen the strut fork bolts. Use a 17mm socket to loosen the nut. Impact wrenches are designed to tighten or loosen various nuts, bolts, and screws, and use torque and short jolting blows to deliver the necessary power needed to loosen a lug nut. The strut was chopped on either side of the ring that surrounds the bearing and I hacked away at the bearing until it came free. Remove the two bolts holding the strut assembly in place, as well as the sway bar end link bolt that holds the strut onto the spindle. 2) Save bolts. Torque to 85lb-ft upon reassembly. strut rod nut. The only method I've had any luck with is doing a very tight wrap on the shaft with duct tape - several layers. DO NOT DO THAT. Open the 240Z's hood and locate the three bolts securing the top of the strut to the top of the vehicle's fender under the hood. Torque the nuts/bolts to 60 ft lbs. Time to strap those spring compressors back on again. I have the front end jacked up. step 4 :Reattaching the Wheel. Aug 28 2016, 11:29pm. after breaking it free the bolt started spinning which I figure was good that way I knew the bolt was not seized up. 5 pounds of torque. In fact, mechanics have been known to hold a lucky rabbit’s foot or refuse to work on Friday the 13 th for that very reason. Remove the lug nuts and the wheel now remove this brake hose bolt using a 12 millimeter. Due to the new raised position of the unit bearing to create the 2-inch lowering built into the McGaughys spindle, a stud was used to replace the factory upper retaining bolt. Tightening down by hand with a 12mm nut driver it the best way as even the slight over torque with a ratchet can snap the bolts. Mar 25, 2009. Be very careful when tightening down the rear top 12mm nuts of the rear struts as they only require about 12-15 ft-lbs or torque. the duct tape (ideally) will have enough grip on the shaft to allow you to tighten it. (figure 3, 4) 6. Loosen the three nuts on top of the strut with an 18mm wrench. See Photo 13. Un-bolt the sway bar end link from the strut using a 15mm wrench on the nut with a 7mm wrench in the center to hold the shaft. You are correct, if the shaft is spun too much in one direction the strut will start leaking fluid through the adjustment on top therefore its blown. Detach the sway /stabilizer bar link from the suspension strut. Torque = 121 ft-lb (164 Nm). Tap out strut to knuckle bolts 23. Once the lower bolts were knocked out, it was fairly easy to get the old strut out of the car. With the ones on the top, it wouldn't hurt for all of them to be just a tad loose. Install the damper body mount bolt assembly as shown. Anyone have a sugestion on how to loosen off the top nut from my Boge strut? I've tried threading in a bolt to the center of the shaft to hold it from spinning but that still doesn't get me enough torque to break loose the nut. Upper rear strut nuts. I finally was able to remove the rear lower strut bolts using an 8' pipe slipped over a 1/2" x 36" breaker bar. It'll give. Two of my four bolts were loose - one of the centre ones, which just kept spinning and needed coaxing out, and the O/S strut-top. To adjust the spring on a coilover suspension system, you need to unlock the steel perch from the bottom of the shock by loosening the ring at the bottom of the spring. Be careful not to damage the hub bolts when removing the front wheel and tire (A). Giving the top strut nut an initial loosen here makes it easier to remove later. — Using special tool (VW 267 a) or equivalent, separate tie rod from strut. Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Just tighten the nut by hand. 10) Move the wheel hub and brake assembly aside and lower the strut and spring out from under the car. Take the two lower bolts out, you may have to persuade then a bit, leave the nuts on and smack the bolts out…. Also make sure to use the Koni supplied nut to hold the damper in the upright on the NG900/9-3. Leave the spindle supported until the strut is re-connected. This will expand the thread area, and loosen the bolt. Start the installation of the QA1 strut by extending the strut shaft fully by hand. To disassemble, the following is the procedure. Welcome to Boards. From: Catalina Yachts Strut Repair. Install the new strut by loosely attaching the upper end of the strut by placing the captive bolts on the mount through the holes in the vehicle’s body. Next there may be a break line or a stabalizer bar connected to the strut depending on what kind of. Strut present the first definitive retrospective of an icon of 1970s and ‘80s soul, jazz and disco, Patrice Rushen, covering her peerless 6-year career with Elektra / Asylum from 1978 to 1984. Loosen front strut mount 21mm nut on both sides. If it is difficult to remove the nut, STOP. you might try and wedge a flat head under the nut and slowly turn till it catches on a thread. Loosen the three bolts (18mm). You will notice that the bolt pattern on top of the spacer is REVERSED (rotated 180 degrees) from the bolts on the top of the strut. I never seen this method used anywhere! Easily remove rusted nuts and bolts avoiding the snapping and drilling aggravation. With the springs loose we now need to remove the stop nut off the shock's. If they are rusted use a bit of WD-40 to loosen them. Another way is. Line up the struts bolt holes with the spindles. I've run into a couple of E60's with aftermarket struts that are longer and had to loosen the strut pinch bolts. Use a 17mm socket to loosen the nut. Nuts on the shock bolts may be rusted and/or difficult to remove. Step 5 - Remove upper strut mount-to-body fasteners. Then remove nut from stabilizer bar to strut assembly attaching link stud, at the stabilizer bar (see picture)The attaching link does not have to be removed from strut assembly. Tighten all bolts attaching the strut to the corresponding steering and suspension elements (stabiliser link, tie rods, steering knuckle, etc. Tip 1: Spray WD-40 on the bolt threads and nut of the suspension link(s) and lower strut bolts. CoilSpring Adjuster Nut Locking Screw: leave screw loose until fi nal adjustment is completed. Loosen and remove if you can the bottom 17-mm lower mounting nut. If you cannot, loosen the two big bolts at the bottom of the strut and remove these studs. You should also tighten the rod nut with the spring still compressed. Tighten nuts. if you want more than that then loosen the three nuts on top of the struts and push the top of the struts all. Loosen the two bolts with the breaker bar, then use your ratchet to remove the nuts. NOTE: Do not completely remove the nut. You will need a 24 mm wrench for the nut and a 11 mm socket to hold the damper rod. 1 I Lock Nut 2 Adjusting Nut D. Elantra Club is a community of Hyundai Elantra enthusiasts and owners. Do not loosen the bolts too much. Use a torque wrench. Tighten the pipe wrench down on the bolt/nut and as you crank on the bolt with the pipe wrench, it actually grabs harder onto the bolt head. The inside two Bars are 1/4" thick and 2 inches wide to add some support for the already Gonzo Strong Uni-strut. I just cut them in half to get the Eibachs off. the idea is to keep the heat off the shaft or bolt threads & quickly heat the nut to expand it. Pull the upper strut plate from the strut and remove the spring by pulling it off. I had to remove the sway bar and move it out of the way to allow me to loosen the lower control arm to the subframe star bolt. The mount is an essential part of your suspension system. There are two 12mm nuts attached to the stabilizer bar, and three 14mm nuts for the strut top hat. Using a pipe to hold the allen key stil, use the 7/8 wrench to loosen the socket:. Inspect that the o-ring is seated inside the aft groove in the strut. The strut needs to be installed in the J 45400; It is imperative to note that the spring is compressed once the strut is free. Alternate teeth are spaced and designed to develop a wedging action that increases with Features: For strut service on GM W-body cars. Tap out strut to knuckle bolts 23. It was EXTREMELY STUCK. front left air strut entle continental gt entle fling sur volswagen aeton 4. 25 are the three nuts for the strut mount to body. Place slide hammer on strut mount and hammer it out of channel. Maybe one of the strut mount bolts was loose. Loosen and remove the two lower strut bolts with a 22 millimeter wrench and a 22 millimeter socket starting with the top bolt. Use another wrench to hold the nut on the opposite side steady while removing the bolt. Once removed, take a rubber mallet and knock it down so that it is only connected by the ball joint end. This will allow the lower control arm to swing out of the way. LOOSEN the lower control arm to subframe bolt and the strut bolt. The nut on the bottom bolt just turns in the bracket. I used GR-2's on '00obw and '96 legacy and yes I don't think they came with nuts for the rear strut mounts to strut either. You could feel the center strut rod move. Step 14: Install the Upper Nuts on the Strut Tower. While checking the struts for sounds, feel the steering wheel for any movement as if the mounting bolts to the wheel hubs could be loose making the wheels move in and out of alignment. Push the strut mount onto the strut and use the hammer to tap it upward, ensuring it is on all the way. This process will allow the bottom of the strut to pivot freely out of the spindle area once the lower mounting bolts are removed. On the front your going to. I never seen this method used anywhere! Easily remove rusted nuts and bolts avoiding the snapping and drilling aggravation. Yes: With the spring compressed enough that the spring seat is loose, put on the components (bump stop, spring seat, strut mount), then tighten down the cross-shaped nut. I had seen in a previous thread that this is common for those who have modified their suspension, and I did have Eibach Sportlines put. You'll need a thin 17mm wrench to hold the back side of the shaft while using an 18mm wrench. When loose, it is still pressing down on the shank. Once removed then this entire piece the strut bar, lower arm and ball joint should all come off. You can also use a nut splitter to help remove stubborn nuts. So don't try to loosen it while spring force is still applied to the mount. Replacement: suspension strut - Peugeot 307 SW. STEP 10: For steel or aluminum control arms, install new 90 mm bolts from the top down with provided washers and nuts. Use a wire brush. Electro galvanized Hex-Head Bolt is designed to provide resistance to pull out and side slip. You usually wanna do the bottom bolt nut first, then do the upper bolt. When I try to break them loose, the bolt spins with the nut. Check that no parts such as exhaust components bind on the shock absorbers. Aug 1, 2009. In fact, mechanics have been known to hold a lucky rabbit’s foot or refuse to work on Friday the 13 th for that very reason. With the lower end of the strut disconnected from the knuckle, support the strut while removing the upper retention. The onlyother bolts on a strut are the ones that fix the strut to the wheelhub. Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. I was able to remove the 21mm nuts from the rear strut main anchor bolts behind the wheel, but I cannot loosen the actual bolts on the head end. A second set of hands in very helpful here. Using a permanent market, grease pencil, or paint pen mark the strut and spindle along their mating surface. Note where everything goes for proper re-installation. (Below) A side view shows the different. Step 2: set the e-brake, chock the rear tires. 4) Remove and save nut (J) from outer tie rod end, if so equipped, and disconnect tie rod end from strut. The bolt is siezed to the bushing sleeve. In general, although there are exceptions such as the left-hand nut, spinning to the right tightens and spinning to the left loosens ("righty-tighty. Lower mounting bolts. The struts are designed to turn with the wheels as the struts have a mounting surface for the wheel hub. Unscrew the two nuts (on some cars three) above the top mounting turret to release the top of the strut. Click to. Insert the strut into place. The bike was 2 weeks old at the time!. Leave at least one nut slighlty threaded to hold the strut in place. Remove the two bolts that hold the strut in place from the lower control arm. Is there are secret to these, or do I just have to keep at it until they decide to come loose. Tighten the top strut nut to torque specs. Pop open the hood as you'll be removing the strut mount's bolts later. The strut is pushing down on that tab when it was last bolted down. 2) Remove and save the pinch bolt (C) and nut (D) that retain the lower end of the strut housing. Step 5 - Disconnect wheel spindle from ball joint. Rear Suspension: 1. Support the lower control arm with a jack and use a pry bar on the upper control arm to remove the ball joint fully, pushing the knuckle out of the way to get to the. 6) Mark the lower 21 mm strut to steering knuckle bolt. The strut mount, or strut plate, is what keeps the suspension firmly in place. The steps will be the same for both. This is about koni adjustable struts (yellow). You may need to use you your mallet or hammer to tap the bolts out, and possibly a screwdriver with the mallet if the bolt only comes out halfway. Some even require a special Torx head bit. STEP 8: Remove bolt clips from bottom of strut. But once you get the spring situated in the new strut, go ahead and mark the coil and strut mount locations with lines, too. Can't fit a wrench or socket on it. Remove the nuts from the two through-bolts which attach the strut to the steering knuckle and set them aside. Remove the AN6-23 bolt and AN310-6 nut that attaches the bottom of the oleo strut to the axle. Set up a jack stand under the frame of the car on the side you will be working on, but not too near to the bottom of the shock, since you need this area clear. If the Bolts haven't been out in a while they can corrode. Then loosen both droplink bolts and re-torque, although i may leave one of them as i ruined my sway bar link thread on one side and luckily a mechanic was there who re threaded it for me so not sure if taking it out is a good idea. Summary: remove the bolts securing the struts and remove the strut assembly from the car. Reinstall the grill and windshield wipers. (Steering arm struts only. There is sort of a nut on the back of the bracket, but I can't get a wrench to stay on it ( its only about as thick as a quarter ). Remove the two 14mm caliper bracket bolts, as well as the caliper bracket and pads: Remove the brake rotor: Loosen up and remove the 19mm nuts at the bottom of the strut. Watch this video to learn how to replace the front struts on your 04-12 Mazda 3. Remove the sway bar end link. Torque to 85lb-ft upon reassembly. DOUBLE-BOLTED STRUT 1. Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use some penetrating oil, such as PB B'laster, and give it some time to work to help loosen them. I hve the top 3 nuts off the old strut. oosen and remove air line. (figure 3, 4) 6. I was operating under the assumption that the bolts had been tightened enough to stop the spindle from moving relative to the strut. Flip the subwoofer and disconnect the wiring harness. Just align the tabs with the tabs on your strut insert cap - known as a gland nut - and use your 1/2" drive ratchet to break it loose. Use a 14Х2. Got under the car tried to wiggle everything around, couldn't find anything loose. For coilovers that offer camber adjustment, you will loosen the four allen head bolts on the top of the coilover then adjust the coilover inwards or outwards. Remove anti. Use a drive socket #21. The strut is pushing down on that tab when it was last bolted down. Strut Nut Tool (loosening and tightening) 200. Loosen the non-camber bolt first with the impact gun and a socket. Step 3- Installing the New Shocks and Struts. Remove the plate on top of the air strut. step 4 - loosen, but dont remove the two 14mm nuts that bolt the strut to the tower, under the hood. The mounts are what attach the rear struts to the body of the car. Lastly, tighten the top mount bolt, re-attatch the endlink and the ABS sensor and brake line with the clip, then slap on the tire. Now loosen the bottom bolt on the hood hinge just enough to slide the larger bracket between the hinge and the bolt as shown. The procedure is to drill into the broken shaft a short way, hammer the appropriate Easy-Out bit into the hole until it wedges and then turn it out with an adjustable wrench. 25" bolts A. Open the 240Z's hood and locate the three bolts securing the top of the strut to the top of the vehicle's fender under the hood. Can you over tighten struts? Any nut or bolt which is over tightened is essentially over stretching the bolt, or in this case the strut tube. After you have put the car back on the ground / weight onto that strut you can then tighten the top nut all the way to the proper TQ amount (nut sure what that is off the top of my head). This will make everything a little easier to work with. A member of the vestry suggested strut, and was willing and able to do the installation. Is there are secret to these, or do I just have to keep at it until they decide to come loose. loosen castle nut on upper ball joint. 14) Finish removing the strut by removing the nut securing it to the chassis. — Remove cotter pin from tie rod nut and remove castle nut. Once you can pry the nut out of place, the bolt will come loose too. The top inner portion of the OEM strut mount is all metal and has no washers between it and the strut rod nut. Loosen the bolt with an extended wrench. Remove the two bolts that hold the strut in place from the lower control arm. #4 · May 7, 2012. I had to remove the sway bar and move it out of the way to allow me to loosen the lower control arm to the subframe star bolt. I'm looking for some help. Unbolt the two lower nuts and bolts attaching the strut to the steering knuckle. Slide the wheel into place. It took almost effort to break the nut loose. I suspect that the strut has been replaced by a PO and they bought a replacement strut that had no holes predrilled. Looks to be very similar the ones on my MK1 MR2. In the struts, the lower end is mounted solidly to the steering knuckle by two large bolts at 178lbs/ft. In the upper control arm, remove the cotter pin from the upper ball joint and loosen the ball joint nut. (From my experience, this doesn't always work) 2. Remove the three remaining nuts from the top of the strut tower under the hood and the entire coil over should be able to be pulled out. Loosen and remove the nuts holding the strut in place in the tower and remove the nuts holding the strut in place to the axle carrier. Just starting a home project and the first thing the instructions say is remove the screw/bolt. How tight should it be. Made up the following tools based on the tips from Neil Maller. Set the Strut Tower Brace back into position. Loosen puller bolt and remove press cap. Don't have a compressor, so can't use impact wrench to just knock it off. Take a good picture and then mark a line on the bolt and steering knuckle. Are you referring to one of the two bolts holding the bottom of the strut to the knuckle? If so, you should be able to push it out from the threaded side. Their new design for the stock hood is truly a bolt-in installation! The result is a patented bolt-in design that utilizes a fender bolt and a hole in the hood frame and operates as smoothly as an OEM system. Lower mounting bolt/nuts. Watch the axle/half-shaft to see if it's bending, twisting, or stretching too much while you bring the steering knuckle lower. Then, remove the three 14mm top nuts and the strut should drop down. Attach the socket on the torque wrench and insert it over the nut. There is one more 14mm bolt holding the lower control arm to the rear sway bar, which you will need loosen and remove it. If a nut is exposed, you should be able to loosen it with a nut splitter, a clamplike tool you often can. Remove fiberglass from over nuts inside of hull holding strut in place. You can loosen the 3 bolts holding the strut bearing as well while your in that area. I looked at you pictures again. I have the front end jacked up. Loosen and remove the lower strut bolts and remove the upper strut mounting nuts. The OEM hardware on your VW Passat TDI axle should be a 17mm allen. I discovered that the large nut at the top of the strut mount had worked itself loose by 1/4 turn allowing enough play that the washer below the nut was loose and would clunk up and down with suspension travel. NOTE: Do not completely remove the nut. Place the strut and upper control arm onto the vehicle. I used a wrench from within the tire well. A second set of hands in very helpful here. 1: Adjusting Front Camber. With the car on the ground you'll want to break the lugs loose, once that's done go head and continue to raise the car off the ground and place the jack stands. Click to. — Loosen gland nut before moving ahead to dropping strut. Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, think of the strut assembly as a sandwich and the spring is in the middle. For XI all wheel drive models, you do need to loosen the front axle nuts 46mm and let the knuckle tip outwards from the top with the strut still in the pinch mount. 2 min drilling on each side. Place matchmarks on the camber adjusting cam as shown. just tighten the compressor as much as you can then take the top nut off and the compressor will hold the spring in place it won't pop loose so dont worry. 4” Kit w/ N3 Struts & V2 Rr Shocks):1598BOX10 57472 (1598BOX1 575BOX1 REMOVE THE AXLE NUT TAP TO LOOSEN UPPER BALL JOINT TAP TO LOOSEN LOWER BALL JOINT. SOURCE: size of strut bolt - 21mm or 22mm If your talking about the large bolt and nut the attaches the strut to the spindle then that bolt is 22mm Posted on May 06, 2009. installation of the upper strut rod reducers. Install the new strut. Since this strut will be replaced you can use a large vise grip or channel lock pliers underneath the strut tower to grab the chromed shaft between the coil windings.