Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 3.0 D (LJ120, LJ125), TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 4.0 (GRJ120, GRJ125, GRJ121), TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 3.0 D-4D (KDJ120, KDJ125), TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 3.0 D-4D (KDJ120), TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 4.0 (GRJ120), TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 2.7 (TRJ120, TRJ125), TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 2.7 (RZJ120, RZJ125), TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 3.0 D (KZJ120), TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 4.0 (GRJ120), TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 3.4 (VZJ121, VZJ125, VZJ120), TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 3.0 D (KZJ120_), TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 3.0 D (KDJ120, KZJ120), TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 4.0 (GRJ120), TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 3.0 D-4D (KDJ120_), TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 4.0 V6 VVT-i (GRJ125) View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change a front shock strut on TOYOTA LAND CRUISER PRADO 3 (J120) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Shock Absorber for LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) and other TOYOTA models
Tools
Replacement: suspension strut – Toyota Prado J120. Tools you might need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Copper grease
Combination spanner #14
Combination spanner #17
Combination spanner #19
Drive socket # 12
Drive socket # 14
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 17
Drive socket # 19
HEX bit No.H6.
Wheel impact socket #21
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Hammer
Pin punch
Adjustable wrench
Crow bar
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: suspension strut – Toyota Prado J120. Professionals recommend:
  • 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 – Toyota Prado J120. Use the following procedure:
  1. Step 1
    How to change Shock Absorber on Prado 120 2002 - free PDF and video manuals
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  2. Step 2
    How to replace TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 3.0 D-4D (KDJ120, KDJ125) 2003 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #21.
  3. Step 3
    Prado 120 3.0 D-4D 2004 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  4. Step 4
    Changing Shock Absorber on TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 4.0 (GRJ120, GRJ125, GRJ121) 2005 by yourself
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Toyota Prado J120. AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  5. Step 5
    How to remove TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 3.0 D (LJ120, LJ125) 2006 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Remove the wheel.
  6. Step 6
    How to replace Shock Absorber on TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 2007: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Undo the fasteners of the oil pan lower cover. Use a drive socket #12.
  7. Step 7
    Remove the oil pan cover.
    Step 8
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Prado 120 4.0 (GRJ120) 2008 - download illustrated guide
    Clean the shock strut fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  8. Step 9
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    Unscrew the fasteners connecting the stabilizer link to the steering knuckle. Use a drive socket #17. Use HEX No.H6. Use a combination spanner #17.
  9. Step 10
    Changing of Shock Absorber on Prado 120 2010 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Unscrew the fasteners of the stabilizer bush brackets. Use a drive socket #14.
  10. Step 11
    TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 3.0 D (KZJ120) Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Remove the stabiliser bar.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Toyota Prado J120. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Make sure that the stabiliser bar is supported.
  11. Step 12
    Replacing Shock Absorber on Prado 120 2003 3.0 D-4D (KDJ120, KDJ125) by yourself
    Clean the fastener connecting the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Clean the shock strut fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  12. Step 13
    LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 3.0 D (LJ120, LJ125) 2004 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber strut. Use a drive socket #19.
  13. Step 14
    How to change Shock Absorber on TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 2005 - tips and tricks
    Unscrew the ball joint fastening to the steering knuckle. Use a drive socket #19. Use a tap wrench.
  14. Step 15
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Prado 120 2006 3.0 D (LJ120, LJ125) Shock Absorber
    Remove the fastening bolt. Use a pin punch. Use a hammer.
  15. Step 16
    Disconnect the lower arm from the steering knuckle.
    Step 17.1
    DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 3.0 D-4D (KDJ120, KDJ125, KDJ121) 2007 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Clean the shock strut fasteners.
    Step 17.2
    How to change Shock Absorber on Prado 120 2002 - free PDF and video manuals
    Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  16. Step 18
    How to replace TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 3.0 D-4D (KDJ120, KDJ125) 2003 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Unscrew the upper fastening of the shock absorber strut. Use a combination spanner #14.
  17. Step 19
    Prado 120 3.0 D-4D 2004 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Remove the fastening bolt.
  18. Step 20
    Changing Shock Absorber on TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 4.0 (GRJ120, GRJ125, GRJ121) 2005 by yourself
    Detach the bottom part of the shock strut. Use a crowbar.
  19. Step 21
    How to remove TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 3.0 D (LJ120, LJ125) 2006 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Prop up the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  20. Step 22
    How to replace Shock Absorber on TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 2007: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Pull down the suspension control arm. Remove the suspension strut. Use a crowbar.
  21. Step 23
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Prado 120 4.0 (GRJ120) 2008 - download illustrated guide
    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Toyota Prado J120. Tip:
    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.
  22. Step 24
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    Compress the spring.
  23. Step 25
    Changing of Shock Absorber on Prado 120 2010 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Clean the shock absorber rod. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  24. Step 26
    TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 3.0 D (KZJ120) Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use a combination spanner #17. Use an adjustable wrench.
  25. Step 27
    Replacing Shock Absorber on Prado 120 2003 3.0 D-4D (KDJ120, KDJ125) by yourself
    Remove the top strut mount. Use a crowbar.
  26. Step 28
    LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 3.0 D (LJ120, LJ125) 2004 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Release the coil spring.
  27. Step 29
    How to change Shock Absorber on TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 2005 - tips and tricks
    Remove the spring.
  28. Step 30
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Prado 120 2006 3.0 D (LJ120, LJ125) Shock Absorber
    Remove the old shock absorber from the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Toyota Prado J120. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  29. Step 31
    DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 3.0 D-4D (KDJ120, KDJ125, KDJ121) 2007 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Install the new shock absorber on the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
  30. Step 32
    How to change Shock Absorber on Prado 120 2002 - free PDF and video manuals
    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  31. Step 33
    How to replace TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 3.0 D-4D (KDJ120, KDJ125) 2003 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Compress the spring.
  32. Step 34
    Prado 120 3.0 D-4D 2004 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Install the upper strut mount and the strut mount bearing.
  33. Step 35
    Changing Shock Absorber on TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 4.0 (GRJ120, GRJ125, GRJ121) 2005 by yourself
    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use a combination spanner #17. Use an adjustable wrench. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 25 Nm torque.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  34. Step 36
    How to remove TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 3.0 D (LJ120, LJ125) 2006 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Decompress the spring.
  35. Step 37
    How to replace Shock Absorber on TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (KDJ12_, GRJ12_) 2007: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Remove the assembled shock strut.
  36. Step 38
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Prado 120 4.0 (GRJ120) 2008 - download illustrated guide
    Clean the mounting seats of the shock strut. Use a wire brush.
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