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How to Install Shocks & Struts

Your car should be in park with the emergency break set

Start with the Basics

It’s important to note that you must install the correct type of shocks for your vehicle to perform as it was intended.

Before getting started, you want to make sure you have a large, level workspace and plenty of time to finish your project. Your car should be in park with the emergency break set. It’s also a good idea to slightly loosen the lug nuts before you jack up your ride, since the lug nuts require a lot of pressure to break free. Always use the appropriate jack-points, which can be found in your owner’s manual. You’ll also want to place a jack-stand under the vehicle. For even more security, you should chock the wheel on the opposite corner of the vehicle to prevent rolling.

The shocks or struts you purchase may or may not come with detailed instructions for installation. If they do, you should always adhere to those steps for the best results. Also, shocks and struts should only be replaced in pairs (both fronts at the same time, or both rears). Replacing your shocks also presents a great opportunity to check your brake pads, control arms, axles and CV shafts for torn boots and free play. Now that you’re properly prepped, here’s what your installation process should look like:

How to Install Shocks:

How to Install Struts:

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