Nissan Maxima Service and Repair Manual: Front suspension

  • Precaution
  • PRECAUTIONS Precaution for Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) "AIR BAG" and "SEAT BELT PRE-TENSIONER" The Supplemental Restraint System such as "AIR BAG" and "SEAT BELT PRE-TENSIONER", used along with a front seat belt, helps to reduce the risk or severity of injury to the driver and front passenger for certain types of collision. This system includes seat belt switch inputs and dual stage front air bag modules. The SRS system uses the seat belt switches to determine the front air bag deployment, and may only deploy one front air bag, depending on the severity of a collision and whether the front occupants are belted or unbelted.

  • Preparation
  • PREPARATION Special Service Tool The actual shapes of the tools may differ from those illustrated here.

  • Symptom diagnosis
  • NOISE, VIBRATION AND HARSHNESS (NVH) TROUBLESHOOTING NVH Troubleshooting Chart Use the chart below to help you find the cause of the symptom. If necessary, repair or replace these parts.

  • Periodic maintenance
  • FRONT SUSPENSION ASSEMBLY Inspection and Adjustment INSPECTION Make sure the mounting conditions (looseness, backlash) of each component and component conditions (wear, damage) are normal. LOWER BALL JOINT END PLAY Set front wheels in a straight-ahead position. Do not depress brake pedal. Place an iron bar or similar tool between upper link and steering knuckle. Measure axial end play by prying it up and down. Refer to FSU-18, "Ball Joint". CAUTION: Be careful not to damage ball joint boot. Do not damage the installation position by applying excessive force. SHOCK ABSORBER Check for oil leakage, damage and replace if malfunction is detected.

  • Removal and installation
  • Unit removal and installation
  • FRONT SUSPENSION ASSEMBLY Exploded View Front stabilizer Stabilizer clamp Stabilizer bushing Stabilizer connecting rod Front mount bracket Rear mount bracket Member insulator Member pin stay Transverse link Steering stopper bracket Stopper bolt cap Steering stopper bolt Steering knuckle Front suspension member Front suspension strut Front spring lower rubber seat Front spring Strut mount bearing Bound bumper Strut mount insulator Front Removal and Installation REMOVAL Engine, transmission and suspension member must be removed as an assembly. Refer to EM-103, "Removal and Installation". Once removed as an assembly, lift engine and transmission off suspension member using suitable tool.

  • Unit disassembly and assembly
  • FRONT COIL SPRING AND STRUT Disassembly and Assembly DISASSEMBLY Install Tool (A) to the front coil spring and strut. Tool number : ST35652000 ( - ) CAUTION: When installing Tool (A), wrap a shop cloth around the front coil spring and strut to protect the parts from damage. Secure Tool (A) in a vise. Slightly loosen the piston rod lock nut. WARNING: Do not remove piston rod lock nut completely. If the piston rod lock nut is removed completely, the front spring can jump out and may cause serious damage or injury. Compress the front spring using a spring compressor (commercial service tool). WARNING: Make sure that the pawls of the two spring compressors are firmly hooked on the front spring.

  • Service data and specifications (SDS)
  • SERVICE DATA AND SPECIFICATIONS (SDS) Wheel Alignment (Unladen*) *: Fuel, engine coolant, and lubricants are full. Spare tire, jack, hand tools, and mats are in designated positions. Ball Joint Wheelarch Height (Unladen*1) *1: Fuel, engine coolant, and lubricants are full. Spare tire, jack, hand tools, and mats are in designated positions.