Nissan Maxima Service and Repair Manual: Removal and installation

  • Rear lower link & coil spring
  • Removal and Installation Removal Remove the rear wheel and tire using power tool. Refer to WT-60, "Adjustment". Loosen the rear lower link adjusting bolt and nut at the rear suspension member. Support the rear lower link with a suitable jack. Support the rear axle housing with a suitable jack. Remove the rear lower link bolt and nut from the rear axle housing using power tool. Slowly lower the jack supporting the rear lower link and the rear suspension spring to lower them. Remove the rear spring upper rubber seat, the rear suspension spring, and the rear spring lower rubber seat from the rear lower link.

  • Shock absorber
  • Removal and Installation REMOVAL Remove the rear wheel and tire using power tool. Refer to WT-60, "Adjustment". Set a jack under rear lower link to relieve the rear suspension spring tension. Remove the rear shock absorber lower nut and bolt with a power tool. Gradually lower the jack to disconnect the rear shock absorber from the rear axle housing. Remove the rear shock absorber upper nuts ( ) with a power tool, and then remove the rear shock absorber from vehicle. INSPECTION AFTER REMOVAL Check the rear shock absorber for deformation, cracks, and damage. Replace if necessary. Check welded and sealed areas for oil leakage. Replace if necessary.

  • Front lower link
  • Removal and Installation Removal Remove the front lower link nut and bolt from the rear axle housing using power tools. Remove the adjusting bolt and nut from the rear suspension member using power tools. Remove the front lower link. Installation Installation is in the reverse order of removal. CAUTION: Do not reuse the adjusting nut. Check the wheel alignment. Adjust as necessary.

  • Radius rod
  • Removal and Installation Removal Remove the rear wheel and tire using power tool. Refer to WT-60, "Adjustment". Remove the radius rod nut and bolt from the rear axle housing using power tools. Remove the radius rod bolt from the rear suspension member using power tools. Remove the radius rod. Installation Installation is in the reverse order of removal. CAUTION: Do not reuse the radius rod nut at the rear axle housing. Check the wheel alignment. Adjust as necessary.

  • Rear stabilizer
  • Removal and Installation Removal Remove each rear stabilizer connecting rod nut using power tools. Disconnect the rear stabilizer from each rear stabilizer connecting rod. Remove each rear stabilizer clamp bolt using power tools. Remove the rear stabilizer. If necessary, remove each rear stabilizer clamp. If necessary, remove each rear stabilizer bushing. Installation Installation is in the reverse order of removal. Make sure each slit in the surface of each rear stabilizer bushing faces the rear of the vehicle. Use a wrench to hold each rear stabilizer connecting rod ball stud while tightening each rear stabilizer connecting rod nut.

  • Suspension ARM
  • Removal and Installation Removal Remove the rear suspension member. Refer to RSU-16, "Removal and Installation". Remove the connecting rod mount bracket nut and bolt from the rear suspension arm using power tools.Remove the connecting rod mount bracket. Remove each rear suspension arm bolt and nut from the rear suspension member using power tools. Installation Installation is in the reverse order of removal. CAUTION:  Do not reuse the rear suspension arm nuts at the rear suspension member.  Do not reuse the upper ball joint cotter pin. Check wheel alignment.

Periodic maintenance

Rear lower link & coil spring