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02 Espace Mk III Front Strut Replacement With Pic's

Hi All,

Well i have just replaced my springs & front struts as well as the rear dampers on my 02 Espace Mk III and thought i would do guide to help others on the front on this thread,

Iam no mechanic and don't pretend to be but i hope it helps others on the forum in the future,

First you will need to jack the car up at the front and place it on a set of axle stands to be safe when working... then remove the front wheels,

Once you have this done its time to remove the 2 steel top strut backing plates which you will find located on the bulk head in the engine bay in each corner which are held in place using 4 torque style screws and the tool you will need to remove them with will be something like this below,

Tool you need to remove the top strut backing plate screws

Passenger Side Top Strut Backing Plate Location

Driver Side Top Strut Backing Plate Location

When removing the screws from the drivers side top strut backing plate it can be tight Tip:if you turn on the ignition and turn on the wipers when they get to the vertical position turn the ignition off and this will leave the wiper mechanism to one side giving you more than enough room to work to help remove the screws,

Once you have the screws and backing plates removed you will now see that there are 3 X 13mm nuts holding the top strut bearing in place,
You will also see in the centre of those 3 X 13mm nuts there is also a 22mm nut...DO NOT REMOVE THIS UNTIL YOU HAVE THE COMPLETE STRUT REMOVED AND THE SPRING COMPRESSED,

Passenger Top Strut Location

Drivers Side Top Strut Location

Now its time to Remove the drop link stabiliser from where it is attached to the strut,
If they have been fitted for while? the threads will be all rusted up so i suggest you give the ends a spray with some WD40 and give the ends and clean up using a wire brush before removing the 17mm nut that holds it in place,
You will find when you go to remove the nut the centre of the drop link will turn on itself so it may well need to be held in place at the rear between the rubber and the strut itself,
It may well be the case that you can't??get the nut removed without damaging the drop link so a little heat using a blow torch might also help you remove the nut in question?but if you use heat the nylon nuts will melt and need replacing,
You will find that they are only about Ģ10 for the complete drop-link from any good motor factors so i replaced mine for new ones at this price but thats up to you?,

Drop Link Attached To Strut

As i said when you remove the nut from the top of the drop link that is attached to the strut you will see at the back between the rubber and strut there are 2 flat surfaces?? so a open ended spanner can be used to hold it in place to stop it spinning while you loosen the nut but on some earlier drop-links or after market drop links they don't have them so it can be a hard to remove the nut without damaging it but like i said at Ģ10 i would just replace them but thats up to you,

Back Of Drop-Link Where It Can Be Held In Place To Stop It Spinning When Removing the Nut

Once you have this done its time to remove the 2 x large bolts and nuts holding the bottom of the strut to the hub in place,you will need a 1/2" or 24mm socket and 3/4" ratchet as well as 24mm closed ended spanner as they will be tight to remove and the bolt will also want to spin without being held at both ends and the same time,
I suggest you also give the ends of the threads a spray with some WD40 and give them a clean down to remove any rust and grime as it will make things easier when you go to remove the nuts from the bolts because when the nuts make there way to the rusty threads it will become tight to remove,
Once you have the nuts removed its time to lightly tap the bolts out using a rubber or normal hammer although leave one bolt in place so it holds the strut in place until you have the 3 X 13mm bolts that are holding the top strut in place where you removed the backing plates,
Know you will see that the brake hose and abs pipes are attached to the strut remove them by just pulling then away from the brackets being help in place by some rubber grommets,
Then after doing this its now time to remove the 3 X 13mm nuts holding the strut in place up above where you removed the backing plate,
Once you have this done hold the strut and take the weight of the last remaining bolt holding it in place to the hub and remove the bolt and give the strut a little wiggle an it should come down out and away from the wheel arch,

Iam sorry i don't have any pics of the large bolts holding the struts to the hub but here is a pic of the hub where the bolts pass through holding the strut in place,

Both Struts Removed

You will see in pic above i have remove the drop links from the rear anti-roll bar not like i said from the struts but unless your replacing the struts i would remove them from the anti-roll bar if your going to use them again along with the struts if your just replacing the springs, it didn't matter to me how i removed mine as i was replacing all the parts in question,

Now you have the struts removed its time to compress the springs using spring compressors so you can swap the springs and other components over to the new struts but iam sorry i have no pics of this as i forgot to take some

You will also see on the struts thats the abs pipe bracket is bolted in place with a 10mm bolt you also need to remove this to pass it over the the new struts,

ABS Pipe Bracket

Once you have this done its now time to compress the springs and once you are sure there is now no pressure between the spring and the top strut bearing it now time to remove the 22mm bolt holing it in place,
You will need to use a 22mm closed ended spanner and a Allen key inserted into the top of the strut piston so when you go to loosen the main bolt the Allen key to stop the strut piston from turning on you when loosening the main bolt,

After you have this done its time to remove the spring and other conponents and pass them over to the new strut making sure all is back in place as you first found it,
While you have it all broken down check the top and lower bearings are free running and in working order with no excess play in them,
If not they will need replacing and most if not all good motor factors will stock them,

Struts Broken Down

Broken Down Even Further,

Top Strut Bearing

Piston Cover

Bump Stop

Spring Seat Cup

Spring Cup Rubber

Lower Strut Bearing

If you are replacing the struts? you will find you will not get the spring cups with them like on most car struts and if there anything like mines were after 8 years you may have to sand them down prim and paint them??its up to you?,

Spring Seat Cup Before

Spring Seat Cup After

Its more or less the same but in reverse to fit it all back together,any questions iam willing to help if iam about and if i can,

Hope it helps all the best Donald
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Re: 02 Espace Mk III Front Strut Replacement With Pic's

I have read Donaldīs very comprehensive guidance, which is much better than any I have previously found in a Haynes Manual, especially as you can actually see the items in the photos!
I now feel confident that I can tackle this job, but my main issue is finding someone who actually sells the lower strut bearing. So far only my local Renault dealer has even heard of them but wants 30 quid+ each for them.
Has anyone undertaken this job recently who can give me some details of any motor factors that I could source these from. I donīt care where in the UK they are as I will consider paying postage if the price is right.

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Re: 02 Espace Mk III Front Strut Replacement With Pic's

Hello there!
Great pictures and information.
I have a front broken spring on my 2.2 turbo diesel Espace year 2000.What is the torque wrench setting for the big nut (22MM) which holds it all together??
Thanks for your great input!!
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