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Chevrolet Cruze Repair Manual: Strut Assembly Replacement

Special Tools

CH 49375 Wrench

For equivalent regional tools, refer to Special Tools.

Removal Procedure

  1. Raise and the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle.
  2. Remove the tire and wheel assembly. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation.

  1. Separate the brake hose (1) from the shock absorber.

  1. Remove the steering knuckle nuts and bolts (1).

  1. Remove the stabilizer shaft link nut (1) from the front strut.
  2. Lower the vehicle.
  3. Open the hood.

  1. Remove the upper strut mount nut (1), use the CH 49375 wrench .
  2. Remove the strut mounting plate (2).
  3. Separate the front strut from the knuckle.
  4. Remove the front strut assembly from the vehicle.
  5. For servicing the individual strut components, refer to Strut, Strut Component, or Spring Replacement.

Installation Procedure

  1. Install the front strut assembly.

Caution: Refer to Fastener Caution in the Preface section.

  1. Install the strut mounting plate (2).
  2. Install the upper strut mount nut (1), using the CH 49375 wrench and tighten to 45 Nm (34 lb ft).

  1. Insert the front strut in the knuckle.
  2. Install the steering knuckle nuts and bolts (1) and tighten to 90 Nm (66 lb ft) +60-70 degrees.

Install the stabilizer shaft link nut (1) and tighten  to 65 Nm (48 lb

Install the stabilizer shaft link nut (1) and tighten  to 65 Nm (48 lb ft).

  1. Install the brake hose (1) to the strut.
  2. Install the front tire and wheel assembly. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation.
  3. Lower the vehicle.
  4. Check the front end alignment specifications. Refer to Wheel Alignment Specifications.
Wheel Stud Replacement
Special Tools CH-43631 Ball Joint Remover For equivalent regional tools, refer to Special Tools. Removal Procedure Raise and suitably support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting  and Jacking ...

Shock Absorber Disposal
Warning: Use the proper eye protection when drilling to prevent metal chips from causing physical injury. Clamp the strut in a vise horizontally with the rod ( 1) completely extended. D ...

Other materials:

Instrument Panel Tie Bar Replacement (Right Hand Drive)
Removal Procedure Remove instrument panel compartment. Refer to Instrument  Panel Compartment Replacement. Remove instrument panel wiring harness (2) from instrument panel tie bar (1). Disconnect electrical connectors. Remove instrument panel tie bar (1). Remov ...

Installation Procedure
Align the body side outer panel reinforcement. Clean and prepare the attaching surfaces for welding. Position the body side outer panel   reinforcement on the vehicle. Verify the fit of the body side outer panel reinforcement. Clamp the body side outer panel reinforcement ...

Installation Procedure
Position the front end upper tie bar (1) on the vehicle. Verify the fit of the front end upper tie bar. Clamp the front end upper tie bar into position. Weld seam accordingly. Weld seam accordingly. Grind down weld seams as needed for related panels and components. ...

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