Toyota Corolla: Suspension strut assembly (rear) - removal, inspection and refitting - Suspension and steering systems - Toyota Corolla E11(1997-2002) Owners Workshop ManualToyota Corolla: Suspension strut assembly (rear) - removal, inspection and refitting

Removal

1 On models with a one-piece rear seat, remove the rear seat back; on models with separate rear seat backs, fold the rear seats forward; on all Hatchback, Liftback and Estate models, prise up and remove the rear strut cover (the plastic trim piece on top of the side trim panel) (see Chapter 11) (see illustration).

10.1 On Hatchback, Liftback and Estate models, prise up the trim piece
10.1 On Hatchback, Liftback and Estate models, prise up the trim piece (arrowed) over the top of the rear strut mounting

2 Loosen the rear wheel nuts, raise the rear of the vehicle and support it securely on axle stands (see Jacking and vehicle support).

Remove the wheel.

3 Fit a hose clamp to the brake flexible rubber hose, and undo the hose-to-pipe union.

Remove the clip and detach the brake hose from the bracket on the strut. Release the clips and detach the ABS sensor wire from the strut (see illustrations).

10.3a Use a hose clamp on the flexible rubber brake hose . . .
10.3a Use a hose clamp on the flexible rubber brake hose . . .

10.3b . . . then undo the hose union, and pull out the hose retaining clip
10.3b . . . then undo the hose union, and pull out the hose retaining clip (arrowed)

4 Disconnect the anti-roll bar link from the strut (see illustration 9.2).

5 Support the hub carrier with a trolley jack.

6 Loosen the strut-to-hub carrier bolt nuts (see illustration).

10.6 Slacken the strut-to-carrier bolt nuts (arrowed)
10.6 Slacken the strut-to-carrier bolt nuts (arrowed)

7 Remove the three upper strut-to-body mounting nuts (see illustration).

10.7 Undo the upper strut-to-body mounting nuts (arrowed)
10.7 Undo the upper strut-to-body mounting nuts (arrowed)

8 Lower the hub carrier with the jack and remove the two strut-to-hub carrier bolts.

9 Remove the strut assembly.

Inspection

10 Follow the inspection procedures described in Section 3. if you determine that the strut assembly must be disassembled for renewal of the strut or the coil spring, refer to Section 3.

11 When reassembling the strut, make sure the suspension upper support is aligned as shown (see illustration).

10.11 Fit the strut upper support so that it's in line (within 5°) with the
10.11 Fit the strut upper support so that it's in line (within 5°) with the hub carrier mounting

Refitting

12 Manoeuvre the assembly up into the wheel arch and insert the mounting studs through the holes in the body. Install the nuts, but don't tighten them yet.

13 Push the hub carrier into the strut lower bracket and install the bolts and nuts, tightening them to the torque listed in this Chapter's Specifications.

14 Connect the anti-roll bar link to the strut bracket.

15 Attach the brake hose to the strut bracket and install the clip, then reconnect the brake hose. Attach the ABS wire to the strut.

16 Bleed the brakes as described in Chapter 9.

17 Install the wheel and nuts, lower the vehicle and tighten the nuts to the torque listed in the Specifications.

18 Tighten the three strut upper mounting nuts to the torque listed in this Chapter's Specifications.

19 Repeat paragraphs 1 to 18 for the other strut.

20 Refit the seat, rear side seat backs and rear strut covers (see Chapter 11).

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