The strut mount is an important part of the suspension system that connects the strut to the frame of your car. It has a rubber-like insulating material that lessens the vibration and noise of the car when it moves along the road and rolls over bumps and potholes. Since the strut mount always absorbs the impact from the car's movements, it is very prone to wear and tear. Here's an installation guide to show you how to replace a worn out strut mount in just a few and easy steps.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Lug wrench
- Strut rod remover/installer
- Strut mount plate wrench
- Strut extension rod
- Torx bit
- Soap solution
- New strut mount
Preparing the strut assembly area
Lift the portion of the vehicle where the strut assembly is located using the floor jack and jack stands. Remove the wheel, caliper, and brake rotor until you see the suspension parts. Separate the axle from the transaxle, so you can uninstall the tie rod, lower ball joint, and steering knuckle. Use the Torx bit and strut rod remover to detach the strut shaft until you are able to unbolt the strut mount.
Installing the new strut mount
Take the new strut mount, and bolt it in its previous position using the strut mount plate wrench. Use the strut extension rod to partially install the bushing and position the strut shaft afterwards.
Lubricating the strut shaft for easier installation
To make the installation of the strut shaft bushing easier, you may lubricate it using a soap solution. Apply an adequate amount of the soap solution until you can already slide the bushing around the shaft.
Placing the strut mount cover
Get the strut shaft nut and install it using a Torx bit and strut rod installer. Tighten the nut with the right amount of torque specified by the car manufacturer. Install the strut mount cover by aligning it to the specified markings on your car. Take the cover plate nuts and tighten them to secure the strut mount.