How to change struts in a car [AUTODOC tutorial]

How to change suspension strut on a car – replacement tutorial
Required Tools:
Tap wrench
Wheel impact socket
Impact socket
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Strut spring compressor
Coil spring compressor
Please note!
  • Both the front and rear axles of a vehicle can be fitted with suspension struts
  • Suspension struts are replaced in pairs on an axle
  1. 1.
    How to change Shock Absorber - free PDF and video manuals
    To replace the components, you need to access their lower and upper fasteners
  2. 2.
    How to replace rear and front Shocks - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    In the case of the front axle, you should open the bonnet and remove the scuttle panel if necessary
  3. 3.
    Shock absorbers replacement on your car: free workshop manuals
    Depending on the position of the windscreen wipers on your car, you may also need to remove their arms
  4. 4.
    Changing Struts by yourself
    As for the rear axle components, you can access them via the boot or passenger compartment
    In some cars, the upper mount of the rear suspension strut is attached in the wheel arch area
  5. 5.
    How to remove front and rear Struts and shocks - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Start disassembling by loosening the upper fastener of the strut without unscrewing it completely
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Perform the procedure when the car is on the ground and the suspension is under load
  6. 6.
    How to replace Dampers and shocks: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Access the lower fasteners. To this end, you may need to detach the sway bar link, sensors, wiring, and hoses
    Please note!
    The suspension strut can be either bolted to the steering knuckle, fitted into the mounting seat on the knuckle, or attached to the suspension arms
  7. 7.
    How hard is it to do yourself: rear Suspension dampers replacement - download illustrated guide
    Secure or jack up the wheel assembly before removing the fasteners connecting the strut to the knuckle
    This will prevent excessive strain on the bushings and brake hoses and detachment of the wheel driveTo remove the strut from its mounting seat on the steering knuckle, you may need to force apart the mounting seat
  8. 8.
    Need to know how to renew Shock Absorber? This free workshop manual will help you to do it yourself
    As the strut is only held by the loosened upper fastener, be sure to hold it firmly when dismounting it
  9. 9.
    Changing of front Shocks won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Follow the same steps to replace the components on the rear axle; access the fastener and remove the suspension strut
  10. 10.
    Shock absorbers replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    To disassemble the strut or replace its components compress and secure the spring
    Be careful!
    Only use a safe and reliable tool to perform this procedureThe spring force is very high, so you should firmly secure it before unscrewing the rod nut
  11. 11.
    Replacing Struts on your car by yourself
    Before disassembling the strut, secure the rod to prevent it from rotating. In some cases, you may need special tools to perform this procedure
  12. 12.
    rear and front Struts and shocks DIY replacement workshop manual
    Loosen the retaining nut that holds the spring mount, the cup, and the spring itself
    The nut and the top mount are already loose because the spring is compressedTo avoid injury, make sure that the spring is not pressing on the mount before unscrewing the top nut
  13. 13.
    How to change Dampers and shocks on your car - tips and tricks
    Remove the mount components and decompress the spring
  14. 14.
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Suspension dampers
    Examine the components for damage and replace them if necessary
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