Nissan Maxima Service and Repair Manual: Unit disassembly and assembly

FRONT COIL SPRING AND STRUT

Disassembly and Assembly

DISASSEMBLY

  1. Install Tool (A) to the front coil spring and strut.

Nissan Maxima. 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.

  1. Secure Tool (A) in a vise.
  2. Slightly loosen the piston rod lock nut.

Nissan Maxima. FRONT COIL SPRING AND STRUT

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.

  1. 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. The spring compressors must be tightened alternately so as not to tilt the front spring.

  1. Make sure the front spring is free between the strut mount bearing and the front spring lower rubber seat.

    Remove the piston rod lock nut.

  2. Remove the strut mount insulator, the bound bumper, and the strut mount bearing.
  3. Remove the bound bumper from the strut mount insulator.
  4. Gradually release the spring compressor (commercial service tool) and remove the front spring.
  5. Remove the front spring lower rubber seat.

ASSEMBLY

  1. Install the front spring lower rubber seat (2) to the front suspension strut.
  2. Compress the front spring (1) using a spring compressor (commercial service tool), and install the front spring to the front suspension strut.

WARNING: Make sure that the pawls of the two spring compressors are firmly hooked on the front spring. The spring compressors must be tightened alternately so as not to tilt the front spring.

CAUTION: Face the tube side of the coil spring downward. Align the front spring lower end (A) to the front spring lower rubber seat as shown.

Nissan Maxima. FRONT COIL SPRING AND STRUT

  1. Install the bound bumper to the strut mount insulator.

CAUTION:

  •  Be sure to install the bound bumper to the strut mount insulator securely.
  •  When installing the bound bumper, use soapy water. Do not use machine oil or other lubricants.
  1. Install the strut mount bearing, the bound bumper, and the strut mount insulator to the strut. Temporarily install the piston rod lock nut.

CAUTION: Do not reuse the piston rod lock nut.

  1. Be sure tab (A) on strut mount insulator is positioned as shown.

Nissan Maxima. FRONT COIL SPRING AND STRUT

: Front

  1. Be sure the front spring is properly set in the front spring lower rubber seat. Gradually release the spring compressor (commercial service tool).
    CAUTION: Be sure the strut mount bearing is properly aligned to the strut mount insulator and to the front spring.
  2. Tighten the piston rod lock nut to the specified torque.
  3. Remove Tool (A) from the vis
  4. Remove Tool (A) from the front coil spring and strut.

Nissan Maxima. FRONT COIL SPRING AND STRUT

Tool number : ST35652000 ( - )

Inspection

INSPECTION AFTER DISASSEMBLY

Front Suspension Strut

  • Check the front suspension strut for deformation, cracks, and damage. Replace if necessary.
  • Check the piston rod for damage, uneven wear, and distortion. Replace if necessary.
  • Check the welded and sealed areas for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.

Insulator and Rubber Parts

Check the strut mount insulator for cracks. Check the front spring lower rubber seat and the strut mount bearing for wear. Replace if necessary.

Front Spring

Check the front spring for cracks, wear, and damage. Replace if necessary.

    Unit removal and installation

    Service data and specifications (SDS)