Question about 2002 Dodge Stratus
How do you remove front struts?
There are 4 nuts on the top under the hood where the strut mounts to the fender, remove these. CAUTION:....DO NOT REMOVE CENTER NUT ON STRUT ASSEMBLY!!!!! jack the vehicle up and support with a jack standCAUTION:...NEVER WORK ON A VEHICLE NOT SUPPORTED BY JACK STANDS!!!!! remove the wheel/tire there you will see (2) bolts/nuts for the lower bracket of strut assembley.(one will have a slotted hole and one will have a regular hole in the bracket) using a marking pen, mark the position of the slotted bolt on the bracket(this is for alignment purposes) then remove both bolts Note:... these are metric 18mm nuts . now use a pry bar to move the strut assembly from the hub assembly this will allow the strut to fall down from fender mount. You will now need a coil spring compression tool to remove the strut from the coil spring. Installation is in reverse order. remember do not remove the nut on the strut shaft unless you have the compression tool in place and clamped down....please rate this solution........thanks
Posted on Sep 23, 2008
What is the order of the bushings and spacers under the dust sheild...my son disassembled the strut and I cannot find the correct order to get all to fit and get the top plate and nut on
Posted on Apr 03, 2009
SOURCE: rear struts replacement
It's kinda hard to explain on line but I think you need to remove the rear seat back which you might have to remove the sitting portion to get that out. Once the seat back is out of the way most of the parcel shelves slide foreward. I've done this on some newer BMWs and the plastic on the sides needed to be removed also. If you could post a picture of the whole rear shelf area I could probably help you more.
Posted on Aug 12, 2008
SOURCE: chev trailblazer strut removal
Hi, removal of the struts need some mechanical knoledge and must be carefull removing the spings,secure your car with a jack stand remove the tire ,position a jack onder lower control arm,disconect brake line ,remove the three screws on top of the strut ,remove the two nuts and screws at the lower end of the strut ,lower the jack slowly ,the strut assembly should come out, you need a strut sprig compressor to compress.the springs,remove the nut at the center of the strut,rplace the stut,instalation is the reverse of the procedure..Good Luck
Posted on Aug 17, 2008
SOURCE: rear strut install
I have a 1999 Chrysler LHS and have had the rear struts done for me. You have to remove the back seats to get at them. I know its not the total solution, but it should put things in a better perspective for you.
Posted on Jun 04, 2009
in case you havent figured it out, or for the next person that needs help. . .
i needed to replace my rear window struts.
i stuck a flathead screw driver in each of the metal clips at each end of the strut and pryed them loose. the struts popped right off the mounts. i also unscrewed the rear speaker panel so i could remove the wire connecting the strut to the car (rear defroster?) and remove completely. i wanted to take the whole unit to the autoparts store and compare it to the new strut. when buying replacements, i noticed the new struts did not come with the electrical housing on the upper end, just a male thread. i was stumped because i couldnt get the housing off of the old strut . . .i didnt want to damage it trying.
i finally i got the nerve. all it took was a pair of channel locks (pliers). grip the rod tight enough to unscrew the housing from the rod. after breaking loose, it should come right off easily.
i realized after that i didnt need to open the speaker panel and disconnect the wire. i probably could have just unhooked the strut and unscrewed the housing (while the wire remained connected to the van), screwed the new strut back into the housing, and reattached the strut to the van.
installation is the opposite of removal. i also read on a few sites that its a good idea to replace them both at the same time.
Posted on Jun 30, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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