Kia Sportage: Front Suspension System / Front Strut Assembly Repair procedures

Kia Sportage QL (2015-2021) Service Manual / Suspension System / Front Suspension System / Front Strut Assembly Repair procedures

Removal
1.
Remove wheel nuts, wheel and tire (A) from hub.
Tightening torque:
107.9 - 127.5 N·m (11.0 - 13.0 kgf·m, 79.6 - 94.0 lb·ft)

  
Be careful not to damage the hub bolts when removing the wheel & tire.
2.
Remove the stabilizer link nut (A).
Tightening torque:
98.0 - 117.6 N·m (10.0 - 12.0 kgf·m, 72.3 - 86.7 lb·ft)

3.
Remove the wheel speed sensor (A) and brake hose bracket bolt (B).
Tightening torque:
A : 8.8 - 13.7 N·m (0.9 - 1.4 kgf·m, 6.5 - 10.1 lb·ft)
B : 6.8 - 10.7 N·m (0.7 - 1.1 kgf·m, 5.0 - 7.9 lb·ft)

4.
Loosen the strut mounting bolts (B) and then remove the hub and knuckle assembly from the strut assembly (A).
Tightening torque:
137.3 - 156.9 N·m (14.0 - 16.0 kgf·m, 101.3 - 115.7 lb·ft)

5.
Remove the cowl top cover.
(Refer to Body (Interior and Exterior) - "Cowl Top Cover")
6.
Loosen the mounting nuts (A) and then remove the strut assembly.
Tightening torque:
53.9 - 73.5 N·m (5.5 - 7.5 kgf·m, 39.8 - 54.2 lb·ft)

7.
Install in the reverse order of removal.
Disassembly
1.
Remove the insulator cap (A).

2.
Using a strut spring compressor, compress the coil spring (A).
  
To prevent peeling the paint of coil spring, cover the coil spring with a thin cloth or hose before installing strut spring compressor.
Set the compression position of strut spring compressor correctly for coil spring not to slant when compressing the coil spring.
3.
Remove the self-locking nut (C) from the strut assembly (B).

4.
Remove the insulator, spring seat, coil spring and dust cover from the strut assembly.
Inspection
1.
Check the strut insulator for wear or damage.
2.
Check rubber parts for damage or deterioration.
3.
Compress and extend the piston rod (A) and check that there is no abnormal resistance or unusual sound during operation.

Disposal
1.
Fully extend the piston rod.
2.
Drill a hole on the A section to remove gas from the cylinder.

Reassembly
1.
Install the spring lower pad (D) so that the protrusions (A) fit in the holes (C) in the spring lower seat (B).

2.
Compress coil spring using a strut spring compressor. Install compressed coil spring into shock absorber.
  
a.
Indicated identification color marks on the coil spring. Pay attention to identification mark and then install them.
b.
Install the coil spring with the identification mark directed toward the knuckle.

3.
After fully extending the piston rod, install the spring upper seat and insulator assembly.
4.
After seating the upper and lower ends of the coil spring (A) in the upper and lower spring seat grooves (B) correctly, tighten new self-locking nut temporarily.

5.
Remove the strut spring compressor.
6.
Tighten the self-locking nut to the specified torque.
Tightening torque :
58.8 - 68.6 N·m (6.0 - 7.0 kgf·m, 43.4 - 50.6 lb·ft)
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