How to Replace Shocks & Struts on a 2002-2006 Nissan Altima
This video shows how to complete a suspension job on a 2006 Nissan Altima. We'll install shocks in the rear, but in the front we're going to install these Duralast loaded strut assemblies for a faster install and better ride control.
Now you can do this job at home with hand tools. These are the tools you'll need for the job. Finger tools like the 32 millimeter deep socket and the half inch drive torque wrench you can borrow for free from AutoZone through the loan tool program. You'll also need a good hydraulic jack, so jack stands and wheel shocks. Make sure the car is in park with the parking brake on before starting.
Get started. Break the lug nuts, then jack up the vehicle from [inaudible 00:00:47] points and set it on jack stands. Now remove the lug nuts and the wheel. Remove the ABS sensor. Remove the brake hose clip. Use a 17 millimeter to remove the sway bar link nut and then place the sway bar out of the way. Remove the axle nut cotter pin. Remove the axle nut using a 32 millimeter deep socket. Then use a punch and a mallet to knock the axle loose.
Use a 17 millimeter and a 19 millimeter to remove the two lower strut mount nuts, and then knock these through with a punch and mallet. Remove the top three strut mount nuts using a 14 millimeter socket, and then remove the strut assembly.
Before installing the new strut assembly, make sure the strut mount is properly lined up. Install the new strut assembly and tighten the top three strut mount nuts.
Insert the knuckle into the lower strut assembly and install the lower strut bolts and nuts, then tighten. Insert the sway bar link into the strut and then tighten the sway bar link nut. Insert the brake hose clip. Connect the ABS sensor into the strut mount brackets. Torque the axle nut between 174 and 230 foot pounds, and then insert the cotter pin.
Install the wheel. Tighten the lug nuts, then jack up the car, remove the jack stand, then lower the car until the wheel is just touching and then torque the lug nuts to 80 foot pounds. Repeat on the other side and you're ready to move to the rear.
For the rear, raise the vehicle and remove the wheel using the same procedures as the front just with the appropriate wheel and support points. Now we're going to remove this lower shock bolt using a 17 millimeter. Remove the two shock mount nuts using a 12 millimeter and compress the shock assembly to remove it from the vehicle.
Once the shock is out, you're going to disassemble the shock mount assembly using a 14 millimeter and an adjustable wrench. Start by removing the top nut. Now you'll need to install the shock mount on the new shock. Look for the instructions to get the proper stacking and when you're done, tighten the top shock mount nut.
Then install the shock assembly into the vehicle and tighten the top two shock mounting nuts. Install the lower shock bolt and tighten.
Install the wheel, tighten the lug nuts, then jack up the car to remove the jack stand, then lower the car till the wheel is just touching and then torque the lug nuts to 80 foot pounds. Repeat 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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