How to Replace Shocks & Struts in a Honda Accord
Today, we're doing a suspension job on a 2011 Honda Accord. In the front and the rear, we'll install these Duralast loaded strut assemblies for a faster, easier install and better ride control.
Now, you can do this job at home with hand tools. You'll need these tools for the job. Bigger tools like the torque wrench and the 36mm deep socket you can borrow from Auto Zone through the Loan A Tool program. You'll also need a good hydraulic jack, some jack stands, and wheel chucks. Make sure the car is in park with a parking brake on before starting.
At the wheel, loosen the lug nuts and then raise the car with a hydraulic jack and set the car on a jack stand. Be sure to use secure jack points. Remove the lug nuts and the wheel. Remove the wheel speed sensor wire bracket using a 10mm. Remove the brake hose bolt using a 12mm. Remove the lower strut mount pinch bolt using a 14mm. Remove the lower control arm nut and bolt from the lower strut mount using a 17mm on both sides. You may need a mallet and a punch to knock the bolt through. Remove the axle nut using a 36mm. Using a round punch, tap the center of the CV axle into the spindle. From the upper ball joint, remove the Cotter pin and nut using a 17mm. Use that mallet to separate the upper control arm from the spindle. Remove the CV axle from the spindle assembly. Using a mallet, tap the lower strut mount to remove from the strut assembly. Now remove the top three strut mount bolts using a 15mm. Remove the strut assembly.
Install the new strap. Punch out the three blocked holes. Put the lower strop mount over the CV axle and install on the lower strut assembly. Tighten the six top strut mount nuts, three are 13mm and three are 15mm. Install the lower strut mount collar bolt. Install the CV axle to the hub assembly. Install the upper control arm to the spindle assembly. Install the lower control arm bolt and nut to the lower drop mouth. Tighten the lower strut mount collar bolt. Tighten the brake hose bracket bolt and wheel speed sensor bracket bolt. Torque the CV axle nut to 242 foot pounds and dent the nut to lock. Install the wheel and tighten the lug nuts to 80 foot pounds torque. Repeat on the other side and you're ready to move to the rear.
For the rear, start on the inside of the vehicle. You need to remove the rear seat by releasing a clip. Remove the 12mm bolt holding the rear of the seat and remove the seat. Remove the 10mm on each side to side cushion. Remove the plastic cover to expose the upper strut mount nuts. Now you're going to lift and support the vehicle, so lift the vehicle, remove the wheel, following the same safety procedures at the front. Remove the lower strut mount bolts using a 17mm. Remove the two lower control arm bolts and loosen one using a 14 and 17mm.
Remove the two sway bar bolts using a 12mm. Loosen the inner control nut using a 17mm. Remove the two top strut mount nuts using a 15mm. Remove the strut assembly. Install the new strut assembly using a pry bar to make it a little easier. Install the two strut mount nuts. Install the two control arm bolts and two control arm nuts. Install the two sway bar bolts. Install the wheel and repeat on the other side. When you go back inside, install the plastic covers, install the side seat cushions and bolts, and install the rear seat and bolt.
Once you've got that rear seat back in, you're done. We recommend going for a test drive, getting an alignment, and enjoying your new suspension.