DIY S-series spring/strut replacement

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coppertop_01
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by coppertop_01 » Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:30 pm
This article is for replacing/lowering S-series springs and struts

Tools needed
10mm ratchet
13mm ratchet
19mm ratchet and wrench
21mm ratchet or wrench
Torx bit (for the top of the strut, T45)
Car jack
Jackstands
Philips screwdriver
Small prybar
Hammer, and maybe a bigger hammer
Spring compressor

Method

Front end replacement

1. Using your car jack, lift up the front of the car, on both sides (this will take the pressure off the antiswaybar)
2. Put your car on the stands
3. Remove your wheels with the 19mm racthet
4. Pop your hood
5. Using your 19mm wrench/ratchet and 21mm wrench/ratchet remove the hub to strut bolts
6. Pull the strut off the hub, this might require some persuation (IE hammer or prybar)
7. Go under the hood, with your 13mm ratchet, remove the upper strut bolts
8. When removing the last upper bolt, make sure to hold the strut from falling down
9. Now that you have it out, use the spring compressor to compress the spring (thus the name) untill the pressure is off the strut
10. Using the torx bit, and the 19mm wrench loosen the top nut on the strut
11. Remove the spring from the top perch, be carefull......the bearing plate can come apart easy
12. Remove the spring from the strut
13. To put everything back together, just do reverse these steps

Rear end replacement

1. Using your car jack, lift up the rear of the car, on both sides (this will take the pressure off the antiswaybar)
2. Put your car on the stands
3. Remove your wheels with the 19mm racthet
4. You will need to get in the car and remove the rear window deck cover, and parts of the trim. You will have to remove the rear pillar trim, the fabric parts between the rear seat and the door. Once those are removed, fold the seats down, and then you can get to the rear window deck cover.
5. Using your 19mm wrench/ratchet and 21mm wrench/ratchet remove the hub to strut bolts
6. Pull the strut off the hub, this might require some persuation (IE hammer or prybar)
7. Now get back into the car, and use a 13mm ratchet to remove the top bolts holding the strut in place
8. When removing the last upper bolt, make sure to hold the strut from falling down
9. Now that you have it out, use the spring compressor to compress the spring (thus the name) untill the pressure is off the strut
10. Using the torx bit, and the 19mm wrench loosen the top nut on the strut
11. Remove the spring from the top perch, be carefull......the bearing plate can come apart easy
12. Remove the spring from the strut
13. To put everything back together, just do reverse these steps

Have fun with this.......and be carefull, especially when jacking a car......and always while you have the car in the air and apart, check out the brakes, ball joints, ect, ect

Jer
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Viperoni
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by Viperoni » Sat Mar 03, 2007 9:54 pm
The Torx bit is the same on the front and back, and it's either a T-45 or T-50.

Like Jer said, MAKE SURE to lift both wheels off the ground, otherwise the bottom bolts on the strut will be a PITA to get in when reinstalling.
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by Slayer » Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:09 pm
coppertop_01 wrote:Rear end replacement

1. Using your car jack, lift up the front of the car,


is that correct? or typo?

also, its a T45.. i have a broken one in the garage i had to replace

 

coppertop_01
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by coppertop_01 » Sun Mar 04, 2007 1:18 am
typo, I was cutting and pasting to save on typing

Jer

 

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by Slayer » Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:09 pm
same error in the Ion howto as well ;)

 

Phil_The_Thrill
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by Phil_The_Thrill » Mon Apr 16, 2007 7:44 pm
It could be helpful if torque specs could be posted.

 

viperssaturn
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by viperssaturn » Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:31 pm
Buy a Haynes manual if you dont already have one. All torque specs are in there.

 

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by Viperoni » Mon Apr 16, 2007 11:39 pm
Torque specs hehe, I only ever use my torque wrench on lug nuts :oops:

 

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by Phil_The_Thrill » Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:15 am
Well not to be rude but the instructions are also in the haynes manual :P. Just toque specs could be useful to those who don't have a manual. Plus I've never seen a manual that went up to 2001 for a Saturn yet. I'm also going to upload pictures next time i change my struts. just the more information the more useful it can be

 

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by viperssaturn » Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:09 am
The manuals actually go up to 2002 for the S-series. I can post up specs later for ya but really you dont need em.

 

coppertop_01
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by coppertop_01 » Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:06 pm
I don't think that any of the torque specs for the S's suspension changed over the years...........

I would post the torque specs, but my manual is at work, and my comp isn't

Jer

 

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by subliminal64 » Sun Jun 10, 2007 9:53 am

I should have asked you this while at the show Jer. Do you have to use a spring compressor, or can I use a second jack under the suspension to release the preasure?

Does crappy tire/part source rent out sprin compressors?

 

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by rmorris003 » Sun Jun 10, 2007 10:48 am
When I replaced mine i just had me and 2 others helping with 2 jacks 1 for the car and the other to hold the brake up but the back just slid right in.
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by PurpleRain » Sun Jun 10, 2007 11:57 am
Princess Auto sells spring compressors for like $20 I think, but I'm sure they would be available to rent/loan from Partsource.

 

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by subliminal64 » Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:47 am

Thanks for the advice guys. Just installed the KYB's yesterday.

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