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Old 09-11-2009, 05:16 PM
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I finally have the time to do this project(just the front for now ).
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1. Raise the front wheels off the ground by jacking up and supporting the front of the vehicle using
appropriate jack stands. Remove the wheels. I placed another 2Ton jack under the engine jacking point for added safety.
Put chocks on the rear wheel.
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2 Disconnect and set aside the ABS sender and brake pad wear sensor wires. Open plastic box and take cables out
(there are 2 on driver's side, one on the passenger side). Unlatched wires from the spindle bracket.
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3 Loosen the 2 strut-to-spindle bolts (18mm and 16mm).
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4 Place a floor jack under the strut & control arm assembly and raise it slightly. Remove the 3 upper strut mount nuts.
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5 Lower the floor jack. Remove the 2 strut to spindle bolts that were loosened in step 3. Separate the strut from the spindle
and lift the strut assembly out of the vehicle.
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Trick: I used a Brake pad Spreader to push strut assembly out of the spindle.
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6 Using a spring compressor, compress the spring and remove the shock-to-mount nut.
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7 Disassemble the upper mount, washers, spring perch, spring perch isolator, compressed spring, lower spring seat isolator, compression absorber
and dust tube from the old shock.

8 Assemble all of the parts from step 7 onto the new shock.
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9 Install the strut assembly into the vehicle in the reverse procedure from removal. Reconnect the ABS and brake pad wear sensor wires. Install the
wheels and lower the vehicle.
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Whew! I'm going to take a good rest and postpone the rear install. Thanks to Allen AKA e6t.lab.rat for the advice on using a rachet strap.
It made the install quicker. I will continue this DIY another day(give this 50 year old guy a break ). Oh, BTW, the ride is great, even with just the front
with new shocks and old shocks at the rear.
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Great DIY. Please continue...
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Great DIY Joe!! I knew you could do it. Just be sure to fully recover before you take on the rears, especially the passenger side.
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good stuff Joe
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Originally Posted by NeRwEEzy' post='1005434 View Post
Great DIY
Thanks guys. Now that I've done it I could tell how the mechanic at TrueLine Wheel Alignment messed up the last job. They lost one bolt and put a different size, luckilly, I have an assortment of sockets. The spring was not seated properly on the rubber pads(upper and lower). And both cover caps were missing .
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Thank you Joe *Bookmarked*
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