How to Replace Struts in a Honda Civic – 1996-2000
This video shows how to complete a suspension job on a 1998 Honda Civic. We'll install these Duralast Loaded Strut Assemblies for a faster install, with better ride control.
You can do this job at home with hand tools. You'll need these tools for the job. A big tool like the half inch drive torque wrench you can borrow from AutoZone through the Loan-A-Tool program. You'll also need a good hydraulic jack, some jack stands and wheel chocks.
Make sure the car is in park, the parking brake on before starting.
Break the lug nuts. Jack up the vehicle from a secure point and place it on jack stands. Remove the lug nuts and the wheel.
On the lower control arm, remove the lower nut using a 17 mm on both sides. Then knock the bolt through with a punch and a mallet. Remove the clevis pinch bolt using a 14 mm, then tap down on the clevis to remove from the strut. Remove the top two strut mount nuts using a 14 mm, and remove the strut.
Install the new strut assembly and tighten the top two strut mount nuts. Clean and lube the clevis before installing on the new strut. Tap upward on the bottom of the clevis to install onto the new strut. Tighten the clevis bolt.
Prying on the lower control arm, install the lower control arm bolt and nut, and tighten. Install the wheel. Tighten the lug nuts, then jack up the car. Remove the jack and lower the car until the wheel is just touching. Tighten the lug nuts to torque of 80 foot pounds. Repeat on the other side, then you're ready to move to the rear.
For the rear, raise the vehicle and remove the wheel using the same procedure as the front, just with the appropriate wheel and support points. Remove the lower control arm bolt to the knuckle using a 14 mm. Remove the lower strut bolt using a 14 mm.
Inside the trunk, remove the interior clips and place the carpet out of the way to expose the top of the strut mount. Remove the two strut mount nuts using a 14 mm, and remove the rear strut assembly. Install the rear strut, tighten the top two strut mount nuts and re-install the carpet and clips. Install the lower strut bolt and tighten.
Using a jack, raise the lower control arm and align with the knuckle to install the bolt from the lower control arm to the knuckle and tighten the bolt, then remove the jack. Install the wheel. Tighten the lug nuts and then jack up the car, remove the jack and lower the car until the wheel is just touching. Tighten the lug nuts to torque of 80 foot pounds.
Repeat this on the other side and you're done. We recommend going for a test drive, getting an alignment and enjoying your new suspension.
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