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Installation of front struts

I need to replace the front struts on my 2003 hyundai and want to find detailed pictures to show me how to do it

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Go to http://alldatadiy.com/ you will have to buy a 1 year subscription but they will have the info you need. Also, component locations, wiring diagrams, TSB's lots of great info. It is the entire service manual on line.

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How to replace struts on front of 2003 hyundai elantra


Are you replacing the complete strut assembly with the coil spring and strut mount already attached? Because if not, you'll need a coil spring compressor.

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Are struts on the front or back of this car?


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Of course this is only the cartridge, you have to transfer the spring, and the top mount of the existing strut. You need a pair of coil spring compressor to do the job. The basic procedure to replace a strut is:
Remove the top nuts that secure the strut assembly to the frame mount inside the engine compartment. Do not remove the center nut.
Mark the lower strut mounting location on the hub for installation reference. The alignment will be close if the new strut is installed in the same position.
Remove the bolts that hold the strut assembly to the hub.
Remove the strut assembly from the vehicle.
Mark the top mount for installation reference. Using a side mounted spring compressor, compress the spring and remove the top nut and retaining washer. Pull strut assembly out from the bottom of spring.
Slide the new strut assembly up into the spring and reposition the top mount onto the spring in the same position that it was removed. Install the retaining washer and top nut.
Tighten the top nut to the manufacturer's specifications and carefully remove the spring compressor.
Place the strut assembly back into the vehicle.

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Periodic clunck in front end


A 2003 SUV will clock in over 80,000 miles.

It's time to inspect the shocks and struts.

The periodic clunck you hear in front end can cause by


mud guard boot to metal strut body contact

worn strut center post to body of strut contact

worn rubble linkage

or combination to all of the above.


I would take the SUV to a good car wash that has under carriage cleaning.

Let the SUV dry and inspect it someone who can compress the front end.

If the front of the SUV re-bound two times then the struts will need to replace.


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front stuts need replacement, buy this point it would be both. you can tell most of the time buy if you hit a pot hole on the left and it makes a nosie thats the side. but after a few days of driving like this both are in bad shape and need replacement.

there is no bearing its just the strut, you can tell buy getting a jack stand and lifting the front and moving the tire side to side and back to front. usaly anything over 10-20 thouthands of an inch is bad, and that mean if you feel it it's bad.

but anyways to replace it you will need a sop, you have to compress your front srping in order to remove and install a strut.

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Diagram of how to change 2003 front struts


You will need a strut compressor to do change them out. I would strongly recommend not taking them apart yourself. You can take them off the car, and have a shop swap the springs over, but you could send the strut through the car/ceiling/or worse your head if you attempt it yourself. If you still need to know how to remove the strut, sign up for an account on hmaservice.com. You have to use internet explorer, go to "shop", then choose the car and you're set. And best of all, its FREE.

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