I am replacing rear struts on a '95 wagon (both totally busted at 118K miles, by the way). On this model, upper spring seat and strut-to-body mount are separate parts. My question is about the rotational position of the mount relative to the rest of the assembly. FSM shows the mount indexed to the shaft in such a way that one of its three studs points in the direction parallel to the strut-to-knuckle mounting brackets. The question: is this relationship exact, or is there a finer adjustment? How critical is it? Will the mount, already loaded by the spring, be able to rotate a little on the shaft to make up for a small misalignment? The manual only says to make "4WD" stamping face outboard, and nothing about the actual orientation of the mount.
Edited by avk, 19 August 2013 - 02:40 PM.