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How to install front struts on a 2002 Dodge Intepid , is there any special precautions needed in installing these struts?

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There are 7 bolts that hold the struts on the Dodge Intrepid. 4 are located under the hood. (in the corners of the hood compartment closest to the wind shield) 2 connect the strut to the brake assembly (just over where the lower ball joint/control arm assembly attaches.) and the last one goes to the outer tie rod end. I reccommend getting the quick struts. (they solve some headaches that I didn't avoid when I was doing them) You pretty much just unbolt these 7 things and put the new one in if you get the quick struts. If not you have to get a coil spring compressor.

dissassembly/reassembly of struts in a nutshell:

Step 1: Compress the spring with the spring compressor.
Step 2: Put a pair of large vice grips on the silver part of the strut inside of the spring (otherwise it will just rotate when you try to unbolt it)
Step 3: Remove the nut holding the strut to the spring.
Step 4: Before taking it all apart take note of how everything fits together.
Step 5: Postion everything the way it was before with the exception of the new strut inside of the spring.
Step 6: Put the top nut back on the strut so it holds the strut and spring together.
Step 7: Decompress the spring.

After putting the new strut in the car make sure you get the vehicle aligned.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE BOLT AT THE TOP OF THE STRUT IS TIGHT! IT IS VERY DANGEROUS FOR THIS TO BE LOOSE.

You will hear a loud clunking sound everytime you go over the slightest bump if you did not tighten it enough.

If you have any problems, I can give more detailed instructions.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010

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