Nissan Altima 2007-2012 Service Manual: Removal and installation

REAR SUSPENSION ASSEMBL

Exploded View

1. Cap

2. Shock absorber insulator

3. Shock absorber seal

4. Bound bumper

5. Shock absorber

6. Suspension arm

7. Connecting rod mount bracket

8. Connecting rod

9. Upper rubber seat

10. Coil spring

11. Lower rubber seat

12. Knuckle

13. Knuckle bushing

14. Rear lower link

15. Suspension arm bushing

16. Front lower link

17. Radius arm

18. Front member stay (LH)

19. Front member stay (RH)

20. Stabilizer bar clamp

21. Bushing

22. Stabilizer bar

23. Member stopper

24. Rear suspension member

25. Rear member stay

26. Ball seat

1. Cap

2. Shock absorber insulator

3. Shock absorber seal

4. Bound bumper

5. Shock absorber

6. Suspension arm

7. Connecting rod mount bracket

8. Connecting rod

9. Upper rubber seat

10. Coil spring

11. Lower rubber seat

12. Knuckle

13. Knuckle bushing

14. Rear lower link

15. Suspension arm bushing

16. Front lower link

17. Radius arm

18. Front member stay (LH)

19. Front member stay (RH)

20. Stabilizer bar clamp

21. Bushing

22. Stabilizer bar

23. Member stopper

24. Rear suspension member

25. Rear member stay

26. Ball seat

Removal and Installation

Removal

CAUTION: Before removing the rear suspension assembly, disconnect the ABS wheel sensor from the assembly.

Failure to do so may result in damage to the sensor wires and the sensor becoming inoperative.

1. Remove the center exhaust tube with muffler(s). Refer to EX-6, "Removal and Installation" (QR25DE) or EX-12, "Removal and Installation" (VQ35DE).

2. Remove brake caliper assembly and reposition aside, without disconnecting the hydraulic hose, using power tools. Refer to BR-35, "BRAKE CALIPER ASSEMBLY : Exploded View".

• Leave the brake hydraulic hose connected to the brake caliper.

• Do not depress the brake pedal, or the caliper piston will pop out.

• Do not pull or twist the brake hydraulic hose.

3. Remove brake rotor. Refer to BR-35, "BRAKE CALIPER ASSEMBLY : Exploded View".

4. Disconnect parking brake cable from knuckle. Refer to PB-6, "PEDAL TYPE : Exploded View" (pedal type), PB-7, "LEVER TYPE : Exploded View" (lever type).

5. Remove rear wheel sensors. Refer to BRC-63, "Removal and Installation" (ABS), BRC-134, "Removal and Installation" (TCS/ABS), BRC-236, "Removal and Installation" (VDC/TCS/ABS).

6. Remove lower shock absorber nuts using power tools.

7. Remove lower control arm link adjusting bolt and arm. Refer to RSU-13, "Removal and Installation".

8. Remove upper ball joint nut and cotter pin. Refer to RSU-10, "Exploded View".

9. Disconnect radius rod member side. Refer to RSU-15, "Removal and Installation".

10. Disconnect lower link adjusting bolt. Refer to RSU-14, "Removal and Installation".

11. Remove knuckle. Refer to RSU-10, "Exploded View".

12. Remove stabilizer bar. Refer to RSU-16, "Removal and Installation".

13. Disconnect lower link adjusting bolt. Refer to RSU-14, "Removal and Installation".

14. Disconnect member harness.

15. Support the rear suspension assembly using a suitable jack.

16. Remove the suspension member nuts and member stay bolts using power tools.

17. Lower the rear suspension assembly.

Installation

Installation is in the reverse order of removal.

• Check the rear wheel alignment and adjust if necessary. Refer to RSU-18, "Rear Wheel Alignment (Unladen*)".

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