94 Buick Regal

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Old 08-16-08, 03:12 PM
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94 Buick Regal

Trying to replace the rear struts. Anyone have a manual on this?
 
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Old 08-16-08, 04:15 PM
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Truthfully, If you havent taken it apart yet, pay a pro to do it. The rear springs on the GM "W" body cars are a fiberglass "MONOLEAF" which will take your head off of your shoulders if they arent positioned properly during removal or reinstallation.

Having said that, Jack the car up by the body , so that the wheels hang, remove the rear wheels. With a can of spray paint, spray the knuckle..(The color doesnt matter, Its just for "MatchMarks" during reassembly... Remove the brake calipers, and rotors, and the strut to knuckle NUTS...leave the bolts in place, for now. With the longest prybar you can find, pry downward on the knuckle and slip the bolts out. SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY, release tension on the prybar until the spring comes to rest.. Remove the 3 nuts in the trunk and remove the strut.
 
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Old 08-16-08, 06:26 PM
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Not sure if we are talking about the same thing. This has a 6-8" S spring uncompressed that has to compressed down to about 3" to reinstall. Trying to find a picture in a manual but none go back that far.
 
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Old 08-17-08, 05:53 AM
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Try the manuals on Autozone.com, but heed diezel's comments.
 
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Old 08-17-08, 06:58 AM
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Try the manuals on Autozone.com, but heed diezel's comments.

Very helpful. I had logged onto Mitchel last night but the AutoZone looks the same and is Free. Good advise. Thanks for the tip.
 
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Old 08-17-08, 08:03 AM
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OK....Gotcha...

Your talking about the"S-Shaped" "Rubber Bushing" type thing that goes behind the knuckle?

Put it in place before reassembly. Make a piece of steel with holes drilled in it to fit over the wheel studs...Use this homemade bracket to pry the knuckle up with the insulator in its place. Carefully line up one of the strut to knuckle bolts..Doesnt matter which one....And then pry the knuckle to position the other......There is alot of tension behind it so be careful.
 
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