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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Turns out that after 26 years and 233 thousand miles, the original strut gave up the ghost: Rust! I took the shock strut assembly out of a 'spare parts' Honda Accord I keep and replaced the broken one in the Honda I am now driving. Mechanically the car is still excellent, but the car is destined to dissolve around me! To remove the whole assembly required taking out one 14mm bolt at the bottom and three 12mm bolts at the top, some WD 40, several pieces of wood for leverage and a heavy mallet.. Since there is a heavy duty coil spring involved, one should take out the bottom bolt first and lift the bottom of the strut free from its position, ( this is where I used a long 2x4 and another piece of wood as the fulcrum point to pry the strut upward) Then undo the top 3 bolts and the whole unit falls out. You will also need to detach the brake fluid line that uses the strut itself as an anchor. The easiest way is to take the line off from the back of the brake drum housing ( 9mm nut) and remove the horseshoe clip and push the curved metal brake line through the small hole where the line is anchored to the strut. Use care as you will need to reattach the brake line again after installing the next shock strut. (Coil spring compression tool required) Needless to say, you will need to jack the car up and remove the rear tire first to access the whole thing.
Posted on Apr 10, 2009
You were rearended and your worried about cost? Was it a relative or something? It's a brand new vehicle & you want it back to original don't you ? Let bodyshop fix it properly.
Posted on May 18, 2009
Good work discovering the missing bolts. You didn't say if it's a manual or auto tranny,Check out the below site for a great diagram of the mounts and bolts, and the prices are good for OEM parts. Let me know if this doesn't help.
Posted on Sep 12, 2009
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