Peugeot 205 Manual

Front suspension strut - removal and refitting
Suspension and steering / Front suspension strut - removal and refitting

1 Before raising the car it is recommended that a retaining tool is fitted to the coil spring to hold the spring in a semi-compressed state. This will provide sufficient clearance to enable the strut to be withdrawn from the hub carrier. Peugeot garages use two special cables inserted through the holes at the top of the front suspension tower and engaged with further holes in the bottom coil spring seat. If available use these, otherwise fit universal coil spring compressors (see illustration).

4.1 Coil spring compressors fitted to strut spring
4.1 Coil spring compressors fitted to strut spring

Do not attempt to use any makeshift tool, as considerable damage could occur if the spring breaks free. To fit either type of tool it will be necessary to turn the front wheel to full lock in alternate directions.

2 Loosen, but do not remove, the three strut top mounting nuts (see illustration).

4.2 Front suspension top mounting nuts
4.2 Front suspension top mounting nuts

3 Chock the rear wheels then jack up the front of the car and support it on axle stands (see Jacking and vehicle support). Remove the relevant front roadwheel.

4 On GTI models, unscrew the nut and disconnect the anti-roll bar link from the strut.

5 Unscrew the clamp bolt securing the lower end of the strut to the hub carrier. Spread the slot on the hub carrier using a screwdriver or suitable wedge, push the suspension arm down, and slide the carrier from the bottom of the strut.

6 Support the strut then unscrew the top mounting nuts and withdraw it from under the wheel arch. Recover the washers.

7 Refitting is a reversal of removal but ensure that the strut fully enters the hub carrier. If there is any doubt about this, loosen the clamp bolt with the full weight of the car on the suspension, and the strut will be forced fully home.

Retighten the bolt to the specified torque.

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