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HI there, front both sides shock observers are gone.Car is running only on spring.Can I change these shockers at home

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Yes very easily,if you have a set of torches and a spring compressor

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Unfortunatly, you probably will not be able to. Corollas (as well as all front wheel drive cars) use struts, which require more work than shocks. You will have to take apart a significant amount of parts to get to the strut, and then you will have to get it aligned when you are finished. This is a bad safety issue, as it affects the handling of the car (especially over bumpy surfaces). I hope you get this taken care of quickly.

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