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This replacement procedure can be used for:
LEXUS RX (MHU3_, GSU3_, MCU3_) 300 (MCU35_), LEXUS RX (MHU3_, GSU3_, MCU3_) 350 AWD (GSU35_), LEXUS RX (MHU3_, GSU3_, MCU3_) 330 AWD (MCU38) View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change a front shock strut on LEXUS RX400h 2 (XU30) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Shock Absorber for RX (MHU3_, GSU3_, MCU3_) and other LEXUS models
Tools
Replacement: suspension strut – Lexus RX XU30. Tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #21
Drive socket # 12
Drive socket # 14
Drive socket # 17
Drive socket # 19
Drive socket # 21
Wheel impact socket #21
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Crow bar
Chain wrench
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Fender cover
Wheel chock
Replacement: suspension strut – Lexus RX XU30. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
  • Both shock struts of the front suspension should be replaced simultaneously.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right shock struts of the front suspension.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: suspension strut – Lexus RX XU30. Take the following steps:
  1. Step 1
    How to change Shock Absorber on Lexus RX XU30 2003 - free PDF and video manuals
    Open the bonnet.
  2. Step 2
    How to replace LEXUS RX (MHU3_, GSU3_, MCU3_) 400h AWD (MHU38_) 2004 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
  3. Step 3
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    Remove the suspension strut mount cap. Use a crowbar.
  4. Step 4
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    Clean the fasteners of the shock strut upper mount. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  5. Step 5
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    Loosen the upper fastener of the shock strut mount. Use a drive socket #14. Use a ratchet wrench.
  6. Step 6
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  7. Step 7
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Lexus RX XU30 330 (MCU38_) 2003 - download illustrated guide
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #21.
  8. Step 8
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    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  9. Step 9
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Lexus RX XU30. AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  10. Step 10
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    Remove the wheel.
  11. Step 11
    Replacing Shock Absorber on Lexus RX XU30 2007 400h AWD (MHU38_) by yourself
    Clean the stabiliser link fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  12. Step 12
    RX (MHU3_, GSU3_, MCU3_) 350 (GSU30_) 2008 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Detach the fastener connecting the ABS sensor cable to the shock strut.
  13. Step 13
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    Clean the fasteners of the ABS sensor and of the brake hose which connect them to the shock strut. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  14. Step 14
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    Disconnect the brake hose holder from the shock absorber strut. Unscrew the ABS sensor fastener. Use a drive socket #12. Use a ratchet wrench.
  15. Step 15
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the stabilizer link to the shock strut. Use a drive socket #17. Use a ratchet wrench.
  16. Step 16
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    Remove the stabilizer rod.
  17. Step 17
    How to replace LEXUS RX (MHU3_, GSU3_, MCU3_) 400h AWD (MHU38_) 2004 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Clean the fasteners connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  18. Step 18
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    Unscrew the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a combination spanner #21. Use a drive socket #21. Use a tap wrench.
  19. Step 19
    Changing Shock Absorber on LEXUS RX (MHU3_, GSU3_, MCU3_) 350 AWD (GSU35_) 2006 by yourself
    Prop up the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  20. Step 20
    How to remove LEXUS RX 350 (GSU30_) 2007 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Remove the fastening bolts.
  21. Step 21
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    Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut.
  22. Step 22
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Lexus RX XU30 330 (MCU38_) 2003 - download illustrated guide
    Unscrew the top fastening of the shock strut mount.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the suspension strut while unscrewing the fastening bolts. Lexus RX XU30
  23. Step 23
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    Remove the suspension strut.
  24. Step 24
    Changing of Shock Absorber on Lexus RX XU30 2005 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Lexus RX XU30. Professionals recommend:
    Note that when using a spring compressor, spring coils need to be securely gripped, compressing the spring on the opposite sides.Ensure the correct position of the spring in the retainer.Make sure that the spring coils tightly entered the lock handles.
  25. Step 25
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    Compress the spring.
  26. Step 26
    Replacing Shock Absorber on Lexus RX XU30 2007 400h AWD (MHU38_) by yourself
    Treat the shock strut rod. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  27. Step 27
    RX (MHU3_, GSU3_, MCU3_) 350 (GSU30_) 2008 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use a chain wrench. Use a drive socket #19. Use a ratchet wrench.
  28. Step 28
    How to change Shock Absorber on LEXUS RX (MHU3_, GSU3_, MCU3_) 2003 - tips and tricks
    Remove the top strut mount. Use a crowbar.
  29. Step 29
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Lexus RX XU30 2004 350 (GSU30_) Shock Absorber
    Release the coil spring.
  30. Step 30
    DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on LEXUS RX (MHU3_, GSU3_, MCU3_) 400h (MHU38_) 2005 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Remove the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – Lexus RX XU30. Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.
  31. Step 31
    How to change Shock Absorber on Lexus RX XU30 2003 - free PDF and video manuals
    Remove the spring.
  32. Step 32
    How to replace LEXUS RX (MHU3_, GSU3_, MCU3_) 400h AWD (MHU38_) 2004 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Remove the old shock absorber from the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Lexus RX XU30. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  33. Step 33
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    Install the new shock absorber on the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
  34. Step 34
    Changing Shock Absorber on LEXUS RX (MHU3_, GSU3_, MCU3_) 350 AWD (GSU35_) 2006 by yourself
    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  35. Step 35
    How to remove LEXUS RX 350 (GSU30_) 2007 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Compress the spring.
  36. Step 36
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    Install the mount, the boot and the bump stop on the shock absorber.
  37. Step 37
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Lexus RX XU30 330 (MCU38_) 2003 - download illustrated guide
    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #21. Use a chain wrench. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 60 Nm torque.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Lexus RX XU30. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  38. Step 38
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    Decompress the spring.
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