How to Replace Shocks & Struts in a Honda CRV
This video shows how to perform a suspension job on a 2006 Honda CRV. We'll install Duralast loaded strut assemblies in the front and rear for a stable, simple suspension job. Now you can do this job at home with hand tools. These are the tools you'll need for the job. Big tools like the 36 millimeter deep socket and the torque wrench you can borrow for free from AutoZone with the loan-a-tool program. You'll also need some wheel chocks, a hydraulic jack and jack stands.
Make sure the parking brake is on then start by loosening the lug nuts. Jack up the car and set it securely on jack stands. Take off the lug nuts and remove the wheel. Use a 10 millimeter to remove the wheel speed sensor bracket. Remove the brake line with a 12 millimeter. Use wire cutters to remove the cotter pin from the tie rod end. Then use a 17 millimeter socket to remove the tie rod and nut.
Use a mallet on the knuckle to break the tie rod end loose then set this to the side. Remove the two lower strut bolts with a 19 and 22 millimeter. Use a 36 millimeter socket to break the axle nut loose and remove it. Use a mallet and a punch to knock the axle loose. Loosen and remove two of the top three nuts with a 14 millimeter socket. Remove the final nut while holding the assembly so it doesn't fall, then remove the assembly. You may need some help with this.
Install the new assembly. Install one top nut to hold the assembly in place, then install the other nuts. Install the two bottom nuts and bolts on the assembly. Install the tie rod end and nut then insert the cotter pin. Install and torque the axle nut. Install the brake line with the 12 millimeter. Install the wheel speed sensor. Install the wheel. Finger tighten the lug nuts then jack up the car. Remove the jack stand and lower the car until the wheel is just touching, then tighten the lug nuts to torque before lowering the car completely. Repeat on the other side and you're ready to move to the rear.
For the rear secure the vehicle, jack up the car and remove the wheel following the same steps we showed you for the front, just on the appropriate rear wheel. You need to access the top nuts from the inside of the vehicle. Remove the plastic cover with a screwdriver. Remove the top nuts with a 14 millimeter ratchet and extension. The bolts are on either side of the opening. You may need a magnet to get them out. Down in the wheel well, remove the wheel speed sensor from the upper control arm. Use a Jack to adjust the height of the strut assembly, then remove the two lower bolts. Remove the assembly.
Remove the emergency brake cable to more easily install the assembly. Install the new assembly. Install and tighten the two top nuts and be careful inside the car again. Replace the plastic interior cover. Install the lower bolts. Jack up the suspension to reattach the upper control arm wheel speed sensor bracket and e-brake cable bracket. Install the wheel. Repeat on the other side and you're done. And we recommend going for a test drive, getting an alignment check and enjoying your new suspension.