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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Except 1995-96 Lumina and Monte Carlo
See Figure 1
Fig. 1: View of the strut and related components-1995 Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Buick shown
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Raise and safely support the vehicle with jackstands.
Remove the rear wheel and tire assembly.
Scribe the strut-to-knuckle for proper installation.
If equipped, remove the auxiliary spring, as outlined in this section.
Remove the jack pad.
Install rear leaf spring compressor tool J-35778, or equivalent. Refer to the Transverse Spring Assembly procedures in this section for installation details.
Fully compress the spring, but do NOT remove the retention plates or the spring.
Unfasten the two strut-to-body bolts.
Remove the brake hose bracket from the strut.
Remove the strut and auxiliary spring upper bracket from the knuckle.
Position the strut to the body and knuckle bracket.
Install the strut-to-body bolts and tighten to 34 ft. lbs. (46 Nm).
Install the strut to the knuckle, aligning the scribe marks and tighten the bolts to 133 ft. lbs. (180 Nm) for 1988-94 vehicles. For 1995-96 vehicles, tighten the bolts to 122 ft. lbs. (165 Nm).
Install the brake hose bracket.
Remove the spring compressing tool.
Install the jack pad and tighten the retaining bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
If equipped, install the auxiliary spring.
Install the wheel and tire assembly and install the lug nuts finger-tighten
Carefully lower the vehicle, then tighten the lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm).
Connect the negative battery cable.