Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Acura 1994 to 2000 Strut Assembly REMOVAL & INSTALLATION?

Strut Assembly

The details are as follows :-----


See Figures 1, 2 and 3
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Fig. Fig. 1: Once the bottom fork bolt is removed, pull the lower control arm down to move it out of the way. This will ease strut removal

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Fig. Fig. 2: Pull the strut down to remove it, once the mounting nuts have been loosened

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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the fork from the bottom of the strut by loosening the pinch bolt. Use a plastic mallet to lightly tap on the fork to remove it

The strut contains pressurized nitrogen gas. Drill a 5/64" (2.0mm) hole at the base of the strut, before disposing of it. Always wear eye protection when drilling.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle, then remove the front wheels.
  2. Support the lower suspension arm with a jack.
  3. Disconnect the brake hose from the strut.
  4. Remove the lower strut mounting bolt(s). If the strut (damper) is mounted in a fork, matchmark the damper and the fork before removal.
See Figure 4
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Fig. Fig. 4: Matchmark the position of the damper in the fork before removal-Legend shown
  1. Remove the upper strut assembly mounting nuts, then remove the strut assembly from the vehicle..
To install:
  1. Loosely install the upper mount nuts.
See Figure 5
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Fig. Fig. 5: Front suspension including tightening specifications-2.5TL shown, other vehicles are similar
  1. Install the strut lower mounting bolt(s). Be sure to align the matchmark.
All suspension nuts and bolts should be tightened with the vehicle on the ground, or with a floor jack supporting the vehicle's weight.
  1. Tighten the pinch bolt to the following specifications:

    2.2CL, 2.3CL, 2.5TL, 3.0CL : 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm)
    3.5RL, Integra and Vigor: 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm)
    3.2TL and Legend: 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm)
  2. Tighten the lower fork bolt as follows:

    2.2CL, 2.3CL, 2.5TL, 3.0CL, Legend and Vigor : 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm)
    3.2TL, 3.5RL and Integra: 51 ft. lbs. (69 Nm)
  3. Tighten the upper nuts on all models to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
  4. Connect the brake hose bracket to the shock absorber.
  5. Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.
  6. Check the alignment and test drive the vehicle.

This will help.

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