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Rear Damper Replacement


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Removal
  1. Remove the rear wheels.
  1. Remove the wheel speed sensor stay (A) from both sides of the axle beam.

  1. Position a floor jack under lower spring seat (A) on both sides of the axle beam (B). Raise the floor jack until the suspension begins to compress.
  1. Remove the damper mounting bolt (C) that connects the axle beam and the damper (D) from both sides.

  1. Remove the lid (A) from the trunk side trim.
    NOTE: Remove the screw (B) if the lid fixed by it.

  1. Remove the self-locking nut (A) while holding the damper shaft (B) with a hex wrench (C).
  1. Remove the damper mounting washer (D) and the damper mounting rubber (E) from the top of the damper.

  1. Compress the damper unit (A) by hand, and remove it from the vehicle.
    NOTE: Be careful not to damage the body.
  1. Remove the damper mounting rubber (B).

Inspection
  1. Install the flange 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.

Installation
  1. Install the damper mounting rubber (A) onto the damper unit. Position the damper assembly (B) between the body and the axle beam.
    NOTE: Be careful not to damage the body.

  1. Position the floor jack under lower spring seat (A) on both sides of the axle beam (B).
  1. Slowly raise the jack until you can align the bolt hole with the holes in the axle beam and the damper (C), and loosely tighten the new damper mounting bolt (D) on both sides.
  1. Raise the rear suspension with the jack until the vehicle just lifts off of the safety stands, then tighten the damper mounting bolts to the specified torque value.

  1. Install the damper mounting rubber (A), the damper mounting washer (B), and the self-locking nut (C) on the damper shaft (D).
    NOTE: During installation, note the direction of the damper mounting rubber and the damper mounting washer.

  1. Tighten the self-locking nut (A) to the specified torque value while holding the damper shaft (B) with a hex wrench (C).

  1. Install the lid (A) on the trunk side trim.
    NOTE: Install the screw (B) if the lid fixed by it.

  1. Install the wheel speed sensor stay (A) on both sides of the axle beam.
  1. Clean the mating surfaces of the brake disc and the inside of the wheel, then install the rear wheels.