Dodge Journey: Assembly

NOTE: If the coil spring has been removed from the spring compressor, proceed with the next step, otherwise, proceed with 3.

NOTE: To determine the flat coil end of the coil spring for the following step, attempt to stand the coil spring on-end on a flat, level surface. If the coil spring stands on end, the end on the flat surface is the flat coil end. If the coil spring falls over, the end on the flat surface is not the flat coil end. Stand the coil spring on the opposite end to verify.

1. Place the coil spring flat coil end upward (see above note) in the spring compressor following the manufacturer's instructions. Before compressing the spring, rotate the spring so the end of the bottom coil is at approximately the 9 o'clock position as viewed above (or to where the spring was when removed from the compressor). This action will allow the strut (damper) clevis bracket to be positioned outward, away from the compressor once installed.

2. Slowly compress the coil spring until enough room is available for strut assembly reassembly.

Front Suspension
Fig. 92: Strut Assembly (Exploded)

3. Install the bearing and upper spring seat (3), and isolator (4) on top of the coil spring (7).

4. Install the upper mount (2) on top of the bearing and upper spring seat (3).

5. Install the lower spring isolator (8) on the spring seat on the strut (damper) (9).

6. Slide the jounce bumper (6) and dust shield (5) onto the strut rod.

Front Suspension
Fig. 93: Coil Spring Against Stop

7. Install the strut up through the bottom of the coil spring and upper spring seat, mount, and bearing until the lower spring seat contacts the lower end of the coil spring. Rotate the strut as necessary until the end of the bottom coil (2) comes in contact with the stop (1) built into the lower spring isolator.

Front Suspension
Fig. 94: Strut Assembly (Exploded)

8. While holding the strut in position, install the nut (1) on the end of the strut rod.

Front Suspension
Fig. 95: Special Tools On Strut Rod Nut

CAUTION: Never use impact or high speed tools to remove the strut rod nut.

Damage to the strut internal bearings can occur.

9. Install Strut Nut Wrench (2) 9362, on the strut rod nut. Next, install a deep socket (1) on the end of the strut rod. While holding the strut rod from turning, tighten the strut rod nut to 60 N.m (44 ft. lbs.) using a torque wrench on the end of Strut Nut Wrench (2) 9362.

Front Suspension
Fig. 96: Identifying Strut Assembly Positioned In Strut Coil Spring Compressor

10. Slowly release the tension from the coil spring by backing off the compressor (1) drive completely. As the tension is relieved, make sure the upper mount and bearing align properly. Verify the upper mount does not bind when rotated.

11. Remove the strut assembly from the spring compressor.

12. Install the strut assembly on the vehicle.

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