How to Replace Struts in your Car or Truck

13 Geg 2016
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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:
Penetrating Fluid I used:
Breaker Bar:
Thread Locker:
Torque Wrench:
How to Replace Front Shocks:
How to Replace Rear Shocks:
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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.

  • My cadillac is bouncy from the factory xD

    Retro ChristmasRetro ChristmasPrieš 5 dienų
  • Great and easy way to explain my man, will continue learning from you. Thank you for sharing.

    Oliver QuijivixOliver QuijivixPrieš 12 dienų
    • Thanks a lot!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 12 dienų
  • Quick question, on the after part at the end, is that squeak bc of the other old struts or from what?

    kerwin vergarakerwin vergaraPrieš 16 dienų
  • This how many times he said strut 👇🏽

    FyFyFyFyPrieš 16 dienų
  • Count how many times he says "strut"

    KillaHillaKillaHillaPrieš 19 dienų
  • Hey Chris, can you please do a video about how to remove the spring from the old strut, and fit it to the new strut before installation? It is much cheaper to buy the struts without the springs if they are still in good condition.

    xxplosiv88xxplosiv88Prieš 19 dienų
  • How you know your getting good quality part specially specially suspension

    rey rodriguezrey rodriguezPrieš 19 dienų
  • I have a supra

    Russ _mafRuss _mafPrieš 21 dieną
  • Do I need an alignment after changing the struts?

    Jacob YorkJacob YorkPrieš 23 dienas

    FatalCorleone07FatalCorleone07Prieš 24 dienas
  • brother i like all your videos strong support of chris fix here

    Jay NoneYaJay NoneYaPrieš 27 dienų
  • Thanks man, learned some good stuff here.

    Aaron CAaron CPrieš 29 dienų
    • I'm glad you learned something from the video! Thanks a lot!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 29 dienų
  • I’m doing mine soon... how can I know how many pounds to torque the bolts down? Can I do the same pounds that you did?

    Luis CruzLuis CruzPrieš 29 dienų
  • Dis man have that BIG BRAIN!!!!

    carson deckercarson deckerPrieš mėn
  • "How do you know when your old struts are bad?" Well I mean the front wheel is now parallel to the road...

    repapetirepapetiPrieš mėn
  • Were the sway bar end link bolts tighten on backwards? Like left to tighten?

    Andrew CordovaAndrew CordovaPrieš mėn
  • I replaced mine and now my wheels whistle when I drive 😳

    Cynthia HerreraCynthia HerreraPrieš mėn
  • Little tip. To help get the nuckle off of the suspension, place a flat head screwdriver into the gap at the back of the nuckle where the bolt goes and pull so you hit it. Makes it easier for those tight joints

    Sparkles 1Sparkles 1Prieš mėn
  • Me: Wow, I really wish I didn't have to pay someone to do this it'd be really nice if... *Checks youtube* Yeah of course Chris has a video of it lol

    William RicardWilliam RicardPrieš mėn

    Lam CayLam CayPrieš mėn
  • Ingat.... Ada allah....

    Phi DayPhi DayPrieš mėn
  • The thumbs down are from mechanic shops

    Rede AlexanderRede AlexanderPrieš mėn
  • I checked rear shocks on my 111K vehicle and pressed on each corner, no extra movement is felt and can't seems stable on the road. The left rear shock has some weepage and the right rear don't seem to. There is a thumping noise heard from right rear side when driving over uneven roads/patches in the pavement. I suspect either rear shock, sway bar links(although in good shape) or sway bar bushings. So could the shock that seem to work good, make thumping noise?

    CharkatakCharkatakPrieš mėn
  • Maybe I'm the only one, but I think it should also be noted that a lot of quick struts don't torque the top strut nut properly and it can easily come loose over time, mine did and made horrible noises over bumps. Once tightened, it fixed my problem immediately.

    Chrome7fanChrome7fanPrieš mėn
  • I just replaced my front struts on my 06 Mazda 5 today. It was super bouncy and floaty driving down the road. Monroe quick struts as well. Driver side has a clutch reservoir with bracket that much be removed first. Good video!

    touringtegtouringtegPrieš mėn
  • This guy is c surely a class act where details and precision is concerned. His pride in his work is second to NONE.

    Michael LeightonMichael LeightonPrieš mėn
  • Hi can a bad strut cause my right front tire to bounce at 80-90 mph while turning steering wheel to the left on concrete pavement ( does it only when on highway)

    Jesus ZunigaJesus ZunigaPrieš mėn
    • Do you recommend to replace both the front or just the bad one only the right side is making the bounce

      Jesus ZunigaJesus ZunigaPrieš mėn
  • 0:22xx

    Lo TraLo TraPrieš mėn
  • This should be a no brainer, but make sure to go to an alignment shop after installing new struts! Anytime you work with on suspension, get it aligned.

    TheQuilava96TheQuilava96Prieš mėn
    • Thanks for sharing!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • Chris you are doing amazing job Thanks a lot for your video.

    Mohamed ShMohamed ShPrieš mėn
  • Hi guys I took the strut out and now I line up both the bolts to get new one in. The wheel assembly won't straighten up (up and down). It sounds like the CV joint is hitting against something where it connects to the transmission and the CV boot is stretched out. Any advice on what to do from here?

    Юэн ДжонсЮэн ДжонсPrieš mėn
  • No professional here but these steps helped me: - Spray all bolts that need removing with Seafoam Deep Creep or some type of penetrating oil and let sit for at least 12hrs!! - Loosen up the top 3 bolts before trying to remove the 2 large bolts below on the strut with a rubber mallet! This helped me tremendously, hope it helps you all!

    mfvarnum58mfvarnum58Prieš 2 mėnesius
    • @ChrisFix Thank you so much for making the video! You've saved me $1200.

      mfvarnum58mfvarnum58Prieš mėn
    • Thanks for the tips!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I stripped 3 pair of vice grip teeth on my odyssey trying to get the sway bar free. Going to have to cut it off.

    OnlywenIlaughOnlywenIlaughPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I think I could probably do this actually. I was going to take my Celica to a garage to replace the shocks. But I tend to do everything myself on my car. But I’ve been putting off getting new shocks because of how expensive they are.

    Tawer ZadokTawer ZadokPrieš 2 mėnesius

    Veezo TVVeezo TVPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • God bless you sir

    نسيم الجنوبنسيم الجنوبPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • Thanks a lot!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Thanks Chris well done.

    LLPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • Thanks!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • How do I know if it's just the strut mount that is bad? The top of my mount pops up and down

    Maria ElmeierMaria ElmeierPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • He likes to say car or truck but he does not work on his truck

    Jayden LeclaireJayden LeclairePrieš 2 mėnesius
  • How many times crisfix says struts 👇

    Mr Gæm3rMr Gæm3rPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I think you can learn more about this on Woodglut.

    Janko MartinJanko MartinPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • 3 more to goooo

    Isaac SuarezIsaac SuarezPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • They go by a lot faster once you know exactly what to do for the other side!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Hey Chris, you know when we use two spanners on the top mount of the suspension strut, what are we exactly doing? Is it counteracting the movement? Would really appreciate a reply

    ApricotApricotPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Is possible to push back the struts without a car jack trolley.?? With a normal car jack or a hydraulic bottle???

    Andrés Camilo Salazar HernándezAndrés Camilo Salazar HernándezPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Would this also play a part in fuel efficiency?

    WCephei77HDWCephei77HDPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • sent hear for a class lol

    Silly BlueFireYTSilly BlueFireYTPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Moose knuckle

    Richard SmithRichard SmithPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I don’t like them struts so I bought coilovers for my mazda3 sedan

    Richard SmithRichard SmithPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Why does this look so easssy:(

    Abdulwahab GhAbdulwahab GhPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Chris the boot on my strut got ripped so what should I do now?

    Moiz SiddikiMoiz SiddikiPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • @ChrisFix Thank you so much!

      Moiz SiddikiMoiz SiddikiPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • You could take the strut off and repair it, but it probably isn't worth it (they keep dirt and debris off the piston and that's it) and you might want the struts to wear more before replacing them!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I love Chris fix :)

    Walter ThomasWalter ThomasPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • hey Chris good video as always. question 🙋‍♂️ where i can get assembled struts like these? thanks ..for a 1991 toyota corolla.

    jdm fans!!jdm fans!!Prieš 2 mėnesius
  • fun fact he said "strut" 100 times

    Rick Roll'DRick Roll'DPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I have seen several of your videos and I just subscribed. My old Hyundai needs some work and your videos are excellent in teaching me how to save hundreds on repair work so I can do it my self. Tha k you!

    Zach CaseZach CasePrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Hey guyz!

    Marie 3006Marie 3006Prieš 3 mėnesius
  • Only real ones know this Mazda showed up in the fixing rust video

    Jakey JuneJakey JunePrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Get an alignment always after replacing struts

    lakorai2lakorai2Prieš 3 mėnesius
  • Goog

    Hector NajeraHector NajeraPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • "With a little wiggle" I've been jerking the entire car

    Sammy Da Sauce BossSammy Da Sauce BossPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Do we need to get the car re-aligned after replacing struts?

    Alexandre PelagaggiAlexandre PelagaggiPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Be warned when attempting this yourself, it could be as simple as shown in the video, but if your car is front wheel drive there is a good posibity that after disconnecting the wheel hub addembly from the strut that you will pop your cv from the gearbox and lose a bunch of oil. To avoid this, make sure that you undo the wheel hub nut before starting the work and remove the sv shaft from the wheel as well as the tie rod

    DaftendirektDaftendirektPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Man your videos are so helpful. I have a problem on a simple oil change. I have a 2005 Jeep Liberty that I can not get my hand in to get the oil filter off. I can barely reach the filter with a tool. And If I use a tool to remove it, I wouldn’t know how to get the new filter on. I had to get a person with smaller forearms to reach up in there. I’m not a giant by any means, but there has to be a way for me to do this with out having to remove my radiator or my sway bar. Can you possibly help in a future video?

    StewpaxStewpaxPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Another excellent video tutorial from Chris fix. I'veanother project now, but I'll do my struts soon enough. Question for Chris : is it possible to raise the rear end of my 2002 altima, about a foot, and six inches in front, as part of my strut replacement? Thanks.

    John Paul MakowskiJohn Paul MakowskiPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • My car is at 85k miles but I’m not seeing any of signs you mentioned. Is it still good for a while?

    SamSamPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • I hope you have the time to answer this, what happens if I replace a strut that is shorter than the other side. will it affect camber?

    angelo justine Cagaangelo justine CagaPrieš 3 mėnesius
    • It can depending on the car!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Hey ChrisFix! Probably a dumb question but what allen socket set do you used? I've been watching your videos to fix the sway bar end links on my Mazda 3 and I noticed you used one of the sockets to take out the bolt for the sway bar end link here :) thanks!

    Brian ManucducBrian ManucducPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Is it okay to replace the strut with a new one and putting the old shocks back on ? I was told to do this by a guy at at an auto shop not sure if I should do that

    Jacob VerdugoJacob VerdugoPrieš 3 mėnesius
    • ChrisFix thank you so much and also for responding to me in a very short amount of time 💯 one more question sorry but how can I tell if the spring is in good shape ?

      Jacob VerdugoJacob VerdugoPrieš 3 mėnesius
    • If the spring is in good condition, you can reuse it!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • The thumbs down are from people that didn't manage to change their struts on their own.

    Ulrich WillemsUlrich WillemsPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • The torque pressure u set all the bolts to, is that the same for all vehicles

    TraypeatsTraypeatsPrieš 3 mėnesius
    • No

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Do you take clients? I am in need a trustworthy mechanic.

    oshyncoshyncPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • This may be the greatest LTworlds channel ever

    tepanganibantepanganibanPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Bruh he make that look hecka easy

    tepanganibantepanganibanPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • What are the warnings that say you can DIE changing mcpherson struts? Hype?

    Terry CullenderTerry CullenderPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • One thing to remember! Measure the distances between the top three bearing Assembly bolts and align the new Assembly the same way as the old Assembly! On my Mazda 5, two are under 4 inches, while one is 41/2 inches! It'll save you time screwing around as the assembly will only fit one way!

    Barry CBarry CPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Should I get an alignment after changing the struts?

    Cipher ESPCipher ESPPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • That thread locker look A LOT LIKE PERMATEX...not loctite

    Ricardo RamosRicardo RamosPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • The best videos

    Brown BoyBrown BoyPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • You know Chris, I've watched almost all your videos, including this one, but never has anything been vehicle specific. But today, I had to replace the struts on my fiancé vehicle, and it's an '03 Mazda 6 lol. The only difference, the '03 has an upper control arm

    Black JackalBlack JackalPrieš 4 mėnesius
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    Igor SidelkovskyIgor SidelkovskyPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • The thing I wish I saw in this video was how to move a spring from one strut to another. It was a hard day trying to figure out how to get the spring off then back on. It especially sucked because it took three people due to the spring decompressor breaking (shouldn’t have used an impact driver).

    Soren MortimerSoren MortimerPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • this channel is a God send

    Tashy JamalTashy JamalPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • If I was doing this for a truck, would this be the the time to add in spacers to add height to the front end?

    Nicholas McKinzieNicholas McKinziePrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Don't forget to put penetrating fluid on the shaft too.

    darksid007darksid007Prieš 4 mėnesius
  • Great videos. They've taken the mystery out of many car repairs I may need in the future.

    Michael ReevesMichael ReevesPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Hello, how do I know whether I need Strut or Shock Absorber replacement?

    Jayden HartJayden HartPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Most car manufacturers have the stupidest engineering ideas ever!

    Ahmed HishamDrAhmed HishamDrPrieš 4 mėnesius
    • I know exactly what you mean haha

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • I had to replace my sway bar end links when doing my front struts, cut the bottom one off with a dremel, so that way it could come out with the strut

    TCircuitryTCircuitryPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Awesome 😎

    Rommel GallegoRommel GallegoPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • See me giving my mechanic worthy advice

    Arun S.Arun S.Prieš 4 mėnesius
  • Man, look at that bolt-hole! 😂😂

    P. E. YatesP. E. YatesPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • Awesome video that showed exactly how to change a Mazda3 struts. Even more so in that I have the exact same 2.3L in the exact same colour. Although mines nowhere near as rusted looking being that its in Australia with no salt on the roads.

    PattskideePattskideePrieš 5 mėnesių
  • Any reason for not using wd40 as penetrating fluid

    Okasha A. QadirOkasha A. QadirPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • Great video. I need new front struts on my 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS. I called a few garages in my area (GTA Toronto). $488 per strut X 2 (Monroe) + 320 labour X taxes = $1464. Any suggestions on other brands of struts to purchase? I'm shopping around a few other garages for quotes.

    M SaikalyM SaikalyPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • Hey @Chrisfix, What is the safer, better tool to use? A impract drill or impact wrench?

    zoky Zurazoky ZuraPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • This is how many times he said struts | | |

    Motion54Motion54Prieš 5 mėnesių
  • What to do if you can't get the lower screws back in

    Michael LilesMichael LilesPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • Do we have to get alignment done too? After replacing struts ??

    Yoshi GolferYoshi GolferPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • Man, you r a phenomenal presenter... everything made very easy

    Yoshi GolferYoshi GolferPrieš 5 mėnesių