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Front Damper/Spring Disassembly, Inspection, and Reassembly


Exploded View
NOTE: When compressing the damper spring, use a commercially available strut spring compressor (Branick MST-580A or Model 7200, or equivalent) according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Disassembly
  1. Compress the damper spring, then remove the nut (A) while holding the damper shaft with a hex wrench (B). Do not compress the damper spring more than necessary to remove the nut.
  1. Release the pressure from the strut spring compressor, then disassemble the damper as shown in the Exploded View.

Inspection
  1. Install the nut on the damper shaft end, and set the socket wrench and T-handle on the nut.
  1. Compress the damper assembly by hand, and check for smooth operation through a full stroke, both compression and extension. The damper should extend smoothly and constantly when compression is released. If it does not, the gas is leaking and the damper should be replaced.
  1. Check for oil leaks, abnormal noises, and binding during these tests.

Reassembly
  1. Install the upper spring seat (A) to the upper spring seat clip (B).
    NOTE: Make sure to securely set the upper spring seat to the hook (C) on the spring seat clip.
  1. Install the bump stop rubber (D) and the dust cover (E) to the upper spring seat.
    NOTE: Push the bump stop rubber and the dust cover into the dent (F) of the upper spring seat securely.

  1. Install the damper spring (A) on the upper spring seat clip (B) by aligning the upper end (C) of the damper spring with the ledge portion (D) of the upper spring seat clip.
  1. Install the spring seat rubber on the damper spring.
  1. Compress the damper spring.

  1. Install all the parts except the nut and the damper bearing onto the damper unit (A) by referring to the Exploded View.

  1. Align the raised portion (A) of the spring seat rubber and the hole (B) of the lower spring seat on the damper unit (C).
    NOTE: After reassemble the damper/spring, install the dust cover (D) into the damper unit as shown.
  1. Install the damper bearing onto the damper shaft.

  1. Compress the damper spring until the position (A) of the damper shaft (B) comes in contact with the damper bearing. Do not excessively compress the damper spring.
    NOTE: Make sure the distance of the rod is 44 mm (1.73 in.) from the upper surface of the bearing.
  1. Install the nut (C).
  1. Hold the damper shaft with a hex wench (D), and tighten the nut to the specified torque value.
  1. Remove the damper/spring from the strut spring compressor.