How to Replace Shocks & Struts in a Toyota Sequoia
This video shows how to complete a suspension job on a 2004 Toyota Sequoia. We'll install shocks in the rear and in the front we'll install these Duralast loaded strut assemblies for a faster install and better ride control.
You can do this job at home with hand tools. These are the tools you'll need for the job. Bigger tools like the half inch torque wrench you can borrow from AutoZone through the Loan-a-Tool Program, it's free. You'll also need a good hydraulic jack, some jack stands and some wheel chocks. Make sure the car is in park with the parking brake on before starting.
To get started, chock the wheels and then loosen the lug nuts. You want to raise the vehicle with a jack and support it with jack stands. Then take the lug nuts off and remove the wheel. And we're going to remove this sway bar link nut with a 14 millimeter. Then remove the lower strut mount nut using a 19 millimeter on both sides. You may need a punch to knock the lower strut mount bolt out. Now remove the top three strut mount nuts using a 14 millimeter. Then you can remove the strut assembly.
Remove the upper control arm nut. Use a hammer to knock the upper control arm loose. Once the upper control arm is loose, you'll have a little more room and should be plenty to install the new strut assembly.
Once installed, tighten the top three strut mount nuts. We'll need to pry the strut a bit so you can install the lower strut mount bolt and nut. You might have to use a hammer and a punch to knock that bolt through. Once it's through, tighten the lower bolt and nut.
Use a Jack to raise the lower control arm and reinstall the upper control arm nut. Then install the sway bar link pushing and nut. Then install the wheel and the lug nuts, raise the vehicle back up with the jack, remove the jack stand and then lower the vehicle until the wheel is just touching. Then go ahead and torque those wheels, then lower the vehicle to the ground. Repeat on the other side and you're ready to move to the rear.
For the rear, remove the wheel following the same basic safety procedures as the front. We're going to remove the lower shock bolt using a 14 millimeter. Now remove the top shock nut using a 14 millimeter wrench, but hold the shock while you do it. Once that's out, just compress and remove the old shock. And you'll need to remove the shock hardware from the old shock and install that onto the new shock. Make sure the top bushing is in place when installing the new shock. Now you just tighten the top shock nut, then install and tighten the lower shock bolt.
Install the wheel and the lug nuts, lower slightly to the ground and torque the wheels just like we did on the front. Repeat this on the other side, and you're done. We recommend going for a test drive, getting an alignment check and enjoying your new suspension.
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