How to Replace Struts in a Toyota Avalon – 1997 - 2003
This video shows how to complete a suspension job on a 2001 Toyota Avalon. We'll 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. The bigger tools like the 30mm deep socket and the 1/2 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, with 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. Remove the ABS sensor clip. Remove the brake hose and ABS sensor bolt using a 12mm. Using a 14mm wrench and 5mm hex, remove the sway bar link nut and place the sway bar out of the way.
Remove the axle nut cotter pin. Remove the axle nut using a 30mm deep socket. Then using a punch and mallet to knock the axle loose. Using a 22mm on both sides, remove the two lower strut mount nuts and bolts. Now this has an adjustable bolt, if it does, we'll use the 18mm and 21mm. Separate the knuckle from the lower strut mount. Remove the top three strut mount nuts using a 14mm socket, and then remove the strut assembly. Install the new strut assembly and tighten the top three strut mount nuts. Use a jack to support the lower control arm, then insert the knuckle into the lower strut assembly and install the lower strut bolts and nuts, then tighten them.
Torque the axle nut to 217 foot pounds and insert the cotter pin. Insert the sway bar link into the strut and tighten the nut. Insert the brake hose and ABS bolt and tighten that. Reconnect the ABS sensor into the strut mount bracket. 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 to 76 foot pounds. Repeat this 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 procedure as the front, just with the appropriate wheel and support points. Remove the ABS sensor bolt using a 10mm and the brake hose bolt using a 12mm. Remove the sway bar link nut using a 14mm wrench and 5mm hex. Use a jack to support the lower control arm and remove the sway bar link. Remove the two lower strut mount nuts and knock the bolts through.
Inside the vehicle, you need to remove the rear seat by lifting it up. Remove the floor bolts holding the seat backing using a 12 and 14mm. Remove the top three strut mount nuts using a 12mm, then remove the rear assembly. Install the strut assembly into the vehicle and tighten the top three strut mount nuts. Install the lower strut bolts and tighten.
Install the sway bar link nut and tighten. Tighten both brake hose and ABS sensor bolts. 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. Then tighten the lug nuts to torque at 76 foot pounds.
Repeat on the other side before putting the seat back in. Then install the rear seat back and tighten the four bolts, and install the seat bottom. Now you're done. We recommend going for a test drive, getting an alignment, and enjoying your new suspension.