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Chevrolet Cruze Repair Manual: Strut, Strut Component, or Spring Replacement

Chevrolet Cruze Repair Manual / Suspension / Front Suspension / Strut, Strut Component, or Spring Replacement

Special Tools

For equivalent regional tools, refer to Special Tools.

Disassembly Procedure

  1. Remove the strut assembly. Refer   to Strut Assembly Replacement.

  1. Install the strut to the CH-6066 holder (5).
  2. Tension spring (4), using CH-6068 tensioner to remove the spring tension from the upper strut mount.
  3. Remove the strut nut (2).
  4. Remove the strut mount insulator washer (3).

  1. Remove the front spring strut components:

6.1. Remove the strut mount insulator assembly (2). Inspect for damage and replace as necessary.

6.2. Remove the strut mount bearing assembly (3). Inspect for damage and replace as necessary.

6.3. Remove the bumper (4). Inspect for damage and replace as necessary.

6.4. Remove the insulator (5). Inspect for damage and replace as necessary.

6.5. Remove the spring (6) with CH-6068 tensioner (1).

6.6. Remove the spring tension using the CH-6068 tensioner . Inspect for damage and replace as necessary.

6.7. Remove the strut (7) from CH-6066 holder (8).

  1. Remove the lower insulator (1). Inspect for damage  and replace as necessary

Assembly Procedure

  1. Install the lower insulator (1).

  1. Install the spring strut components:

2.1. Install the strut (7) to the CH-6066 holder (8).

2.2. Install the spring (6) to the CH-6068 tensioner (1), compress spring to remove the spring tension.

2.3. Install the spring (6) to the strut (7).

2.4. Install the insulator (5) to the strut (7).

2.5. Install the bumper (4) to the strut (7).

2.6. Install the strut mount bearing (3) to the strut (7).

2.7. Install the mount insulator assembly (2) to the strut (7).

  1. Install the strut mount insulator washer (3).

Caution: Refer to Fastener Caution in the Preface section.

  1. Install the strut nut (2) to the strut shaft and tighten to 70 Nm (52 lb ft).
  2. Remove the CH-6068 tensioner (1) from the spring (4).
  3. Remove the front strut from CH-6066 holder (5).
  4. Install the strut assembly. Refer to Strut Assembly Replacement.
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 ...

Front Suspension Description and Operation
The front suspension has 2 primary purposes: Isolate the driver from irregularities in the road surface. Define the ride and handling characteristics of the vehicle. The front suspension abso ...

Other materials:

Engine Overheating
There is an engine coolant temperature gauge on the vehicle instrument cluster to warn of engine overheating. If the decision is made not to lift the hood when this warning appears, get service help right away. If the decision is made to lift the hood, make sure the vehicle is parked on a le ...

Removal Procedure
Warning: Refer to Approved Equipment for Collision Repair Warning in the Preface section. Disable the SIR System. Refer to SIR Disabling and Enabling. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Refer to Battery Negative Cable Disconnection and Connection. Remove all related panels and compo ...

Driving on Wet Roads
Rain and wet roads can reduce vehicle traction and affect your ability to stop and accelerate. Always drive slower in these types of driving conditions and avoid driving through large puddles and deep-standing or flowing water. WARNING Wet brakes can cause crashes. They might not work as wel ...

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