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How to change front struts toyota echo - 2001 Toyota Echo

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  • remove wheel
  • undo top and bottom strut bolts...3 in the engine bay and two at the wheel end.
  • remove strut

Posted on Sep 10, 2010

  • stefano_g_la
    stefano_g_la Jul 10, 2012

    See extended answer below.

  • Vic Clark
    Vic Clark Mar 15, 2017

    Dummies you buy quick struts who would put on old weak coil springs on a new strut that will blow out in a week !!! And a old worn out bearing plate !!! go online they sell them cheaper than a strut cartridge from autozone.3 nuts on top and two to hold strut to spindle takes 30 minutes per side if you use one hand !!!! LOL




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This is a partial answer. The solution given is for removing the strut/spring assembly from the vehicle. Most replacement struts are sold WITHOUT the spring and therefore the spring must be removed from the old strut and place on the new strut.

DISCLAIMER: This is a very dangerous procedure and must be carried out with extreme care. The spring inside the strut assembly is under a great deal of compression and when released can fly and hit an unsuspecting individual. Ideally this should be done by a highly qualified professional as it can lead to severe injury or even death. I personally have done this on two cars and the second and last time I did it, the compression tool I mention below broke and the spring flew across the room just barely missing my hand.

I hereby include this for Informational purposed only.

Removal involves using a spring compression tool, which can be either bought or rented at the local rent-all.

1. The spring compression tool is fitted on the spring and then tightened until all pressure is released from the two extremities of the strut.

2. Then the bolt retaining the strut mount at the top of the assembly, is removed and the strut mount is carefully removed from the end of the strut assembly.

3. The strut assembly is gently removed from the middle of the spring.

4. The new strut assembly is then slid gently through the spring and the strut mount is then secured tightly back on the end of the strut assembly.

5. The spring is then slowly released, making sure it sits centered on the strut mount at the top and the spring retainer plate at the bottom of the strut assembly.

6. The place the top strut mount back in the car by aligning the three holes in the engine bay.

7. Align and place the two bolts at the wheel end of the strut and properly torque the bolts.

8. Place the rim back on the car and tighten the 4 bolts.

9. Repeat on the other side of the car.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012

  • david steff
    david steff Aug 21, 2013

    yes,can be dangerous .don't drop the strut wile compressed in tool.

  • Vin Guiel
    Vin Guiel Aug 29, 2018

    I just bought a pair of struts for an 03 Echo.
    125.00 and free shipping.
    No reason to buy new parts and install over the old part.



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SOURCE: replacing front struts is the steps first....and then the directions on how to use the tools:

  1. Raise and properly support the vehicle.
  2. Remove the front wheel.
  3. Detach the shock absorber lower mount by removing the two bolts.
  4. Remove the retainer nut, retainer, cushion and shock absorber.
  5. Detach the cushion retainer from the shock absorber.
  6. Compress the coil spring with a commercially available spring compressor.
  7. Detach the stabilizer bar.
  8. Support the upper suspension arm and steering knuckle securely.
  9. Remove the cotter pin.
  10. Loosen and remove the nut.
  11. Using a ball joint removal tool, detach the lower ball joint from the lower control arm.
  12. Loosen the suspension arm set bolt.
  13. Remove the suspension arm set bolt nut.
  14. Remove the nut from the strut bar front set bolt.
  15. Pull out both set bolts.
  16. Remove the lower suspension arm and coil spring. To install:
  17. Installation is the reverse of removal. Note the following torque specifications:
    1. Strut bar front set bolt: 221 ft. lbs. (300 Nm)
    2. Lower suspension arm set bolt: 148 ft. lbs. (200 Nm)
    3. Lower ball joint nut: 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm)
    4. Lug nuts: 83 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).

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