How to Replace Struts in your Car or Truck

Front Strut Replacement. Learn how to replace front or rear struts in your car. In this case I am working on a Mazda 3 but replacing struts is the same or very similar for most vehicles so after watching this video you will be able to replace the struts in your vehicle.

Monroe Quick-Struts I use: http://amzn.to/1WsRvNq
Penetrating Fluid I used: http://amzn.to/1Ntet3J
Breaker Bar: http://amzn.to/221MI4M
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How to Replace Front Shocks:

How to Replace Rear Shocks:

What Abuse Does Your Suspension Take Every Day?:

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Due to factors beyond the control of ChrisFix, I cannot guarantee against improper use or unauthorized modifications of this information. ChrisFix assumes no liability for property damage or injury incurred as a result of any of the information contained in this video. Use this information at your own risk. ChrisFix recommends safe practices when working on vehicles and or with tools seen or implied in this video. Due to factors beyond the control of ChrisFix, no information contained in this video shall create any expressed or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result. Any injury, damage, or loss that may result from improper use of these tools, equipment, or from the information contained in this video is the sole responsibility of the user and not ChrisFix. This video was supported by Monroe Shocks & Struts and features the Monroe Quick-Strut® complete replacement strut assembly. This is a perfect fit because I use Monroe shocks and struts in all my vehicles (as you have seen in the past). This video was also supported by 3-in-One as they sent me the penetrating fluid to use in the video.

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40 thoughts on “How to Replace Struts in your Car or Truck

  1. Thanks so much for this video. I am new driver who just got their first car but it has a broken strut on the front passenger side. Now I can fix it myself!

  2. What is the deal….should I use quick struts or individual ??? This is a quick strut, right ?
    Lots of info online saying not to use quick struts. Thoughts ??? Thx !!!

  3. Hey Chris, where do you normally find out the specific torque specifications for specific bolts? Are you going off of general knowledge?

  4. Never ever ever ever replace quick strut assembly like he did in this video. Your OEM spring worth more than a pair of quick struts. A 2000 Honda Civic OEM complete strut assembly cost over 600, why do you think you can buy something functional with a fraction of that price?

  5. Hi Chris, tried to replace the struts on my Windstar 2000, it has been an adventure! I hope you can help! While installing the new one I realized that the distance (new strut) between the hole for the sway bar and the eyelet hole where the knuckle bolt drives in is about 6 in. while on the old strut is 5.5 in. I tried to install it but it was not possible for 2 reasons; 1- the sway bar was 0.5 in. shorter and the knuckle would hit the eyelet welding. Well, I thought the part was wrong, they checked if the p/n was right and shipped me another set, but same problem. So I decided to check with Autoparts (local) and they had a different brand but it was exactly the same as the other brand. I tried to re-install it thinking I could have made a mistake but no, no mistake, but I took lots of pictures to show the problems (I cannot attach them here). I tried a mechanic, the local parts shop and the one online, nobody can figure it out. Have you ever had an issue like this? Thanks for any help/suggestion you might have, Carlo

  6. Great how to video. Looks doable. I do mostly my own vehicle maintenance these days. Why not add another vehicle replacement part to my repertoire. 😄

  7. Is there any issue if the front two struts are swapped, right one on the left side and left on on the right side? This has occurred on our van at the mechanic shop and we are continuing to have tire issues. Having to replace them repeatedly within a year because they are threadbare. Thank you.

  8. Ahhh, I needed this video a couple of months ago! My car started clunking when I'd drive over any bumps in the road… not good! Took it straight to a mechanic and he tells me both front struts are bust and need replacing- fine. An hour or so in he rang to tell me he can't unscrew one of the bolts on the strut tower, that he'd have to cut it off to get it out and it would be an extra £80 to get in a new bolt!! That job lot cost me near £400. No way near confident enough yet to tackle this stuff on my car, but even just understanding what the heck is happening is a better position to be in. Thank you so much Chris for sharing your knowledge, you make it so much less intimidating!! Loving your channel.

  9. Hey Chris I have a question 🙋‍♂️ I own a mustang and every time I drive the car and I hit a bump I don’t jump up and down it feels that my butt is the suspension . The second problem I want to fix is the cars alignment . MY CAR is leaning to side . Like one side is higher than the other . I replace my entire lower suspension with your other video

  10. Man, those OE quick struts are garbage, only last a year if even. Do it properly and get manufacturer shocks and towers/bearings and use spring compressor.

  11. As handy as this video is my car the shocks and springs come separately and removing the top mount is dangerous as the spring is under pressure I’m just wondering what’s the safest way of replacing them without asking a garage to do it at a cost

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