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Shocks & Struts: Should You DIY?

Shocks & Struts: Should You DIY?

So your car needs new shocks or struts. Before you commit to an at-home shock or strut replacement, check to make sure you have all the proper tools, space, and time. A DIY shock replacement usually takes around 60 minutes; replacing struts is a much longer and more involved process.

Tools needed for DIY Shocks & Struts:

  • Car jack
  • Jack stands
  • Wheel chock
  • Torque wrench
  • Shocks and/or struts *Note: replace in pairs only.
  • Ratchet
  • Backup wrench
  • New rubber bushings (always install new shocks with new rubber bushings)
  • Coil spring compressors
  • New rubber mounts for struts (always install new struts with new rubber mounts)
  • 6-inch C-clamp
  • Allen wrench
  • Pry bar
  • Ratcheting box-end wrench
  • Backing wrench
  • Screwdriver

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