Thanks very much for your reply. There is an adobe file attachment next to the capture image in your post. I am unable to open it but can you tell me if it is indeed an attachment or something else. I have adobe acrobat and read these files often but could not open this one.I had to look a lot of videos to felt comfortable to do the job. They're all great, but a bit misleading. The GM service manual only recommends a three step process. I have attached a photo directly taken from the service manual & the front suspension service procedures.
Step one, lift the vehicle and remove the tires.
Step two, loose the bolts (I suggest) from bottom to top (the manual say to do the reverse but if you do when you remove the nut attaching to the strut yoke the shock will fly-out possibly causing injury).
Step three, after you remove the nut that attaches to the strut it's basically done.
I was able to open the file in Adobe Reader. It is an attachment.Thanks very much for your reply. There is an adobe file attachment next to the capture image in your post. I am unable to open it but can you tell me if it is indeed an attachment or something else. I have adobe acrobat and read these files often but could not open this one.
I am like you searching for all the info I can find to properly make this repair but as you stated found several inconsistencies. I would not ever want to remove the large top nut as the instruction mentions since it would cause the strut to violently exit its assembly under the pressure of the spring. Hard to believe that this would be in the manual. I am planing to replace the entire assembly and NOT remove the spring.
Any videos you found especially helpful you could refer me to?
Good call, that explains a lot... thanksThat video, I would only say that I would lift the front end on both sides. The reason he had a hard time taking off, and putting back on, the lower strut bracket is because the stabilizer link was still pushing up on the control arm, because the other side of the vehicle was on the ground. Other than that, I dont see any issues with that video.