This guide will show you how to disassemble the front strut assembly on a VE or VF Commodore. This process is required when lowering your vehicle or changing shock absorbers.
- Adjustable Spanner / Spanner Set
- Spring Compressors + Socket Set to tighten them
- Two extra large cable ties
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Remove the strut top bushing and the plastic bearing which sits underneath. Next, remove the second washer and bump stop – Take note of their orientation.
Note: You may find the bearing falls apart upon removal as the halves easily separate. If this happens I would recommend a replacement bearing.
To re-install the strut assembly, simply reverse the procedure. Re-attaching the cable ties can prove to be tricky, a friend can definitely help with this.
When re-installing the upper retaining plate, take note of the spring orientation. There is a ‘step’ in the retaining plate and rubber seat which MUST line up with the end of the spring coil.