Installing New Struts - How?
Posted 16 August 2003 - 08:30 AM
I would rather not take it to the local mechanics for this one just because I highly doubt they will take the time to hook everything up right...such as the electronic portion. And I don't want them inside my car tearing stuff out half-hazardly.
Thus I figure I have two options:
1. Ask you guys where to start, buy the appropriate tools & manuals and do it myself. :magic:
2. Take it to lexus and my future kids won't be able to attend college. and I may have to sell the house.
My questions are:
1. Do you have to take the back seats out to remove the struts? If so, is this hard?
2. Has anyone done this before and could clue me in on where to start?
I figure it'll need an alignment when I'm done, I'll take it in for that obviously though.
Thanks for any help.
Posted 16 August 2003 - 10:11 AM
1- Remove the rear seat and trim panel.
2- Loosen the rear wheel lug nuts, raise the rear of the vehicle and support it on jackstands. Remove the wheel.
3- Detach the brake hose from the strut. Detach the ABS sensor wire from the strut.
4- Disconnect the stabilizer bar link from the strut.
5- Support the axle carrier with a floor jack. Place a block of wood between the jack head and the carrier.
6- Loosen the strut-to-axle carrier bolt nuts.
7- Remove the three upper strut-to-body mounting nuts.
8- Lower the axle carrier with the jack and remove the two strut-to-axle carrier bolts.
9- Remove the strut assembly.
10- Reverse these directions to replace the strut.
11- A 4 wheel alignment should be done.
12 - Good Luck
Posted 16 August 2003 - 12:18 PM
Thanks for the info. You seem to know a lot about that...have you done it before or do you have one of those good manuals? Also, what special tools do you need? I didn't see the need for them in any of the steps you highlighted below...
I think I'm going to do it. I'll wait until a cooler day though, it's 95 here today! Too hot for me to even be outside let alone work.
Also, I'll take pictures and document the process, then post it on LOC board for the next person who desires to do it themself.
Someone did that for the Radio Removal and Installation and that was absolutely a life saver.
PS. any more advice would me MUCH appreciated.
Posted 16 August 2003 - 12:36 PM
Yes, I have replaced rear struts on a Toyota Camry so the above procedure should be similar to your Lexus.
BTW: I was in Mayville, WI a couple of weeks ago visiting relatives.......too bad, I could have helped you do this job. heehee
Posted 16 August 2003 - 03:36 PM
There are two large bolts that were a complete b*tch to get out. I'm wondering if when I put the new struts back in, do those have to be tensioned to a certain amount? Or is just "tight as you can get 'em" ok? I plan on putting lock-tight on the bolts to prevent them from coming off, because if they did, it would probably be deadly.
Also, I plan on really wrenching down on those suckers so they don't even think about coming off.
If I have to buy a torque wrench I will though.
Posted 16 August 2003 - 05:35 PM
The torque specifications are as follows:
Strut upper mounting nuts.........29 Ft-lbs
Strut-to-suspension support (damper shaft) nut.........36 Ft-lbs
Strut-to-axle carrier nuts/bolts..........188 Ft-lbs
Posted 16 August 2003 - 07:32 PM
Thanks so much for your help. This LOC board rocks because of people like you.
Posted 16 August 2003 - 08:27 PM
A thought came to mind though........How do you know that the struts you got from the junkyard are any better then the ones that you're replacing?
Posted 17 August 2003 - 09:14 AM
They supposedly came off a 1998 w/ 30k or so miles on it so I hope that they are in better condition. If mine are original (which I think they are) then they should give me 70k more miles before they go out.
*crossing my fingers.
Posted 17 August 2003 - 03:03 PM
They work awesome. The electronic control is more noticable (ie. softer in the comfort setting and stiffer in the sport setting) , and also no clunking noise while driving. The car is also level now. It was saging in the rear before. I suspect it was the old springs or something wearing out.
Well all is good now thanks to the amf1932 and a little elbow grease.
I took lots of pictures, and I'll create some documentation of how to do it in case anyone else decides to tackle this project.
Posted 17 August 2003 - 09:36 PM
Posted 06 August 2004 - 11:46 PM
but suspension parts bind and need the extra grease to loosen after a few years.
Once torqued right they won;t come out
Posted 07 August 2004 - 03:59 PM
I did my suspension too, the tokicos and ebach's.. My dumass reused the mounts and now they sound like little annoying marbles hitting againts one another.