Hobbies Cars & Motorcycles How to Replace Struts on Your Car or Truck Share PINTEREST Email Print Cars & Motorcycles Cars How Tos Buying & Selling Basics Reviews Tools & Products Classic Cars Exotic Cars Corvettes Mustangs Tires & Wheels Motorcycles Used Cars SUVs Trucks ATVs & Off Road Public Transportation By Matthew Wright Matthew Wright has been a freelance writer and editor for over 10 years and an automotive repair professional for three decades specializing in European vintage vehicles. our editorial process Matthew Wright Updated May 27, 2018 01 of 07 Strut Replacement Step By Step Ernesto Andrade/Flickr Do you need new struts? If your ride has gotten a little bouncy, or your car is bottoming out with a nice thump over speed bumps or potholes, it may be time for a strut replacement. Most cars have struts in the front, but many cars these days have rear struts, too. It's easy to install new struts, and you can save a ton of money by doing it yourself. If you're not sure what's causing your suspension issues, it's time to do some serious suspension troubleshooting to get to the root of the problem before you pull out your wallet and decide to get greasy. Before you even pick up a wrench, do a quick comparison to be sure you bought the right part. If what you bought at the parts store doesn't match the strut on your car or truck, you'll be glad you still have a working car to drive back to the parts store to get your new struts! Be sure your car is securely supported by jack stands, and then remove the wheel. Never work on a car supported only by a jack! 02 of 07 Remove the Brake Line Support Remove the bracket that supports the brake line. John Lake The first real step toward strut replacement is to remove the brake line support if your car has one. Not all cars will have the brake line supported on the strut assembly. This is an easy one to get off usually. Sometimes it's even just a rubber grommet. 03 of 07 Remove the Pinch Bolt Remove the pinch bolt that holds the strut in place at the bottom. John Lake The strut is held on at the bottom by a pinch bolt. This might be a bit of a pain in the neck to get loose, but use a breaker bar if you need a little extra pull on it. Or better yet, get yourself some air tools! 04 of 07 Drop the Sway Bar The sway bar mount must be removed and the sway bar dropped to release the link to the strut. John Lake The next step in strut replacement involves dropping the sway bar. You need to do this in order to expose the bar link that connects the sway bar to the strut. It's really just another support for the sway bar, but it connects to the strut so it's gotta come off. 05 of 07 Remove the Top Strut Bolts Remove the strut bolts in the interior. John Lake Isn't strut replacement getting fun? It gets a little cleaner at this step at least. Before you loosen the bolts at the top of the strut housing, you need to put a jack under your brake disc or drum and relieve a little of the pressure on the strut. Don't jack it way up, just enough to support a lot of the strut's (not the whole car's) weight. The interior bolts will usually be accessible through the trunk. Sometimes you have to remove some access panels to get to them, but if you take a look at where the top of the strut attaches to the car while you're on the outside, you'll be able to figure out where to get to the bolts on the inside. Remove all of them. 06 of 07 Replace that Link! That gold link looks nice and new! It attaches to the strut at the top and the sway bar at the bottom. John Lake Remove the link that joins the strut and the sway bar, and replace it with the new one. Add a little grease to the joints to keep things lubed. Replacing this link can help you avoid an expensive repair later when the link breaks on its own. 07 of 07 Reattach and Tighten it Up Replace, tighten, and you're done!. John Lake Reinstall the mounting and attachment points, in the same manner, they were removed. Tighten them to spec and you are ready for some smooth driving! And you saved big money!