How to Replace Your Rear Struts
If you feel as if you're riding an amusement park ride instead of a car, there's a great chance that you may have to replace your struts. Apart from endangering your safety, postponing the replacement of your worn-out struts will also result to a rough and bouncy ride. Replacing the struts can be a long and tiresome job. However, armed with the right tools and a handy set of instructions, you can save up on repair costs and replace your faulty struts by yourself.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
Loosen the lug nuts on the wheels before jacking the vehicle up. After supporting it securely with the jack stands, fully remove the lug nuts followed by the wheels.Removing the brake line bracket and the sway bar link
For some vehicles, the brake line is attached to the strut assembly. Remove the clip that holds the brake line using a screwdriver. Using the appropriate socket, unbolt the sway bar link from the strut housing.Unbolting the strut
Since the strut assembly has probably rusted and gathered debris, apply some lubricant or anti-seize compound. Let it soak the area first before removing any bolts. Remove the pinch bolt that holds the bottom part of the strut. Finally, remove the top strut bolts followed by the rest of the strut assembly.Compressing the strut
Using your spring compressor, collapse the spring on the strut. Remove the top nut on the spring while holding the spring compressor in place. Remove any washers and bushings before removing the strut from the spring. Place the spring on the new strut.Installing the new strut
Mount the new strut in place and bolt it from the bottom up. Repeat the previous steps to replace the struts on the other side.
Tips and warnings
- For safety purposes and to ensure a smooth and balanced ride, always replace your struts in pairs.
- Don't forget to have a wheel alignment procedure after replacing your struts.