Struts can be really tricky to mount on your car. But there's no need to worry because we've come up with a detailed process to help you install a new strut insert.
Difficulty level: hard
What you'll need:
- 22mm offset box end wrench
- 19mm socket
- 17mm open end wrench and socket
- 13mm open end wrench and socket
- 7mm Allen socket
- Spring compressor
- Crescent wrench
- Large pair of channel lock pliers
- Flat blade screwdriver
- Pipe wrench
- Torque wrench
- Bench mounted vise
Step 1: Put the car in the garage where there's enough room for you to work on either side of it. Jack up the vehicle and place the 4-ton jack stands underneath the front of the automobile. Remove the tires.
Step 2: Mark the lower part of the strut where the eccentric bolt and washer are located.
Step 3: Remove the brake line from the support on the strut. Take the 17mm wrench and socket and loosen up and remove the eccentric bolt and pivot bolt below.
Step 4: Before you remove the strut, it's a good idea to mark the top of the bearings so you'd be able to put them back the same way they came out. Remove both 13mm bolts from the inside of the engine compartment that hold that struts to the body.
Step 5: Compressing the spring to allow it to be removed from the strut bearing can be tricky. Carefully compress the spring until you feel that the tension is removed from the strut bearing.
Step 6: To take out the bearing, use the 22mm offset wrench and crescent wrench to loosen the locknut on the insert. Remove the bearing and the spring from the rest of the strut.
Step 7: Inside the strut housing, you'll find a large nut that's holding the insert in. To remove it, put the strut in a vise and a pipe wrench around the nut. You may also need a hand with this process because the nut can be really tight.
Step 8: Put the spring back in the strut housing, reinstall the strut bearing, and screw the lock nut. While tightening, check the bearing to make sure that it's still spinning freely. If it binds, you'll have to remove and check all the parts to see if everything was installed correctly.
Step 9: The spring can be released once everything is back in place. When it's compressed, the strut assembly is ready to be mounted on the car.
Step 10: Put the strut back into the vehicle and make sure to line up the beating the way it came out. Install and torque the 13mm nuts to 15 foot lbs. Mount back the hub/brake assembly. Insert the pivot bolt, the eccentric bolt, and washer. Tighten the nut using the 17mm socket and torque the pivot bolt down to 52 foot lbs. Insert the brake hose and you're done!