In this Job of the Month we're going to remove a worn set of struts and replace them with new ones.
The first time I did this job, it took me an entire day. After many weekends in the garage it now takes me just a few short hours.
If this is your first time removing and installing struts, this guide will take you through the job step by step. If you get stuck or have a question, give your local PartSource store store a call and a Parts Pro will be happy to help.
Everything you need for this job can be found at your local PartSource store. Make sure you have all of the tools and supplies you need, before you begin. Ask a Parts Pro about what you'll need for the job. It's better to buy extra parts that may need to be replaced before you start the job. The last thing you want to do, is go shopping when you have the car up on the jack.
A Few Things Before you Begin
Struts should always be replaced in pairs. For Safety reasons, never replace one strut or shock without replacing the other.
Take a quick look at the top and bottom of the strut. Are there any "odd" bolts or fasteners that you don't have the right tools for?
Spray those stubborn nuts and bolts with some penetrating fluid and allow it to soak in.
When taking parts apart, be organized. Keep similar parts together in a safe place where they won't get lost and layout parts in a way that will allow you to put them back in the same order.
Make Safety Your Top Priority
Every vehicle is different. When it comes to maintenance and repairs, always follow the vehicle's owner's manual.
Safety should be your number one priority. Don't smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, or wear a necktie while working on the car. Watch out for hot objects, sharp instruments, hazardous materials and other potential safety hazards in and around your workspace.
Don't work with a Philips when the job calls for flat. Substituting tools can compromise your safety or a vehicle's performance.
Finally, when the fun turns to frustration, or if the job requires specialized knowledge beyond your capabilities, please do not attempt it yourself. Talk to a Parts Pro or seek the assistance of a professional mechanic or installer. The last thing we want is someone getting hurt.