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I need to know how to replace the shocks to my 1992 Lexus LS400 ny car is bouncing and rather than spending $1700.00 I would like to try this myself.

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  • chasity_bust May 18, 2009

    thanks, but it can be done?



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HI....Your car have "STRUTS" all around on each wheel and they each require a very special tool(Spring Compressor) without this tool, you'll need to apply 2500lbs of force to compress the coil. In essence, it's not possible to perform this task without this tool.

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  • fudgster May 18, 2009


    I amdire people who still wants to take the task and go in to fix the strut. Any automotive parts store carries this tool(preferrably NAPA). There are couple different types of models to choose from. First I need to ask you and that is

    Q: Do you have an air driven "IMPACT GUN"

    Q: Do you have a table top vice(to hold the strut assembly in


    If you have those two basic tools, it would make your work so much easier.

    The two main difference on spring compressor is wall mountable(makes work even easier. The second tool(cost is cheaper) non-wall mountable but little more work involved. Either way you look at it, both tools will get it done.

    Your strut assembly in front, requires a little more work and a mandatory alignment. The rear is much easier to do.

    To disassemble the front struts:

    1. take wheels off

    2. make a straight markings on the lower bolts itself as well as the strut itself. Do the same for the upper tower bolts for re-assembly alignment purposes. I like to use a dremel tool or something sharp to scratch a line.

    3. whicheever bolts you remove first, graps the assembly with one hand while losseing with the other hand.

    4. Never loosen the big top bolt until the spring compressor tool is in place. That bolt is holding the coil spring in place.

    5. When you're ready to take the assembly out, please be careful of the ABS wire as they are delicate and can easily break.

    I have included a youtube video to give you a much better pitcure on step by step



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