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How do I replace worn out front struts on a 98 Honda Accord; and how much would it cost me? Answered

How do I replace worn out front MacPherson struts on a 98 Honda Accord; and how much would it cost me?Note; it seems I can use pre-assembled Monroe "Quick Struts"; would I still need the spring clamps if I us a quick-strut?

I've heard this could be potentially dangerous; how would I minimize danger?

Other things; would I need to bleed the brakes after? ( I assume yes) What's the basic idea behind that?

I would need an alignment I'm going to assume, from what I hear, I can't do that at home - but can I get it "semi-right" to drive it to the shop?

I have most of the tools available aside from a torque wrench. If I get a Monroe quick-strut, what other things would I replace? Any bushings/bearings/stuff that would be good to change at the same time?

Personal experience, Changing oil/fixing radiator leaks/doing basic maintenance on cars (brake pads/rotors, spark plugs/ distributor cap etc) The easy stuff basically. Honda quoted me at 800, and independent quoted me at 600. I can buy those quick-struts for 180 a pop.



Best Answer 9 years ago

Phill, you won't need to undo the centre bolt to remove the suspension unit from the vehicle. If your replacement struts come complete with a spring it is a simple swap. If the spring needs to be transfered from the old unit to the new, you will need a spring compressor to squash the spring and allow the centre nut to be removed safely.
If the new struts come without springs and you purchase new springs instead of using the old ones, you will still need to compress them to fit them to the new struts.
Using a store bought handyman type spring compressor or one that you make yourself is a little slow and time consuming, but necessary for safe removal and easy reinstallation of the springs. You may get the spring off without one but you will never get it back on.
A workshop has a machine which does the job in seconds, but a store bought tool should be pretty cheap as it is a very simple device. ( I bought one about 25 years ago so I don't remember how much it was) but I guarantee you will still save hundreds of bucks doing this yourself.
Plus you get the satisfaction.


9 years ago

Do it yourself.
If you buy the complete unit you wont have to remove the springs. That is the dangerous part you mentioned.
In the engine compartment you will see the top mount points for the struts. There should be a number of bolts (usually 3 to 6 but could be any number) arranged in a sort of circular pattern. You will need to undo the outside bolts but NOT the centre one. The centre one holds the unit together under tension, and should be released after the unit is removed from the vehicle. You will need specialised tools and skills to do this part. Dangerous if you don't know how, and if you get it apart without using a spring compressor and not hurting anyone as the tension pops the unit apart, you wont be able to get the spring back on
easily. Look up spring compressor.
If you have complete units with springs fitted it is a simple change over job.
I don't know if you will need to dismantle the brakes on your car to do this, but if you do they will need to be topped up with fluid and bled to remove air from the system. Air compresses reducing the efficiency of the brakes.

This is a pretty simplified explanation, but it is a fairly simple job. Look around this site or google to get more info on strut replacement, brake bleeding etc. Or get a shop manual. I tried to attach a pic, but I don't know if it is any good. I googled front strut images and it was one of the first hits.

The wheel alignment will be okay to drive to a workshop and have it done professionally.
Hope this helps.


Answer 9 years ago

The most dangerous part is compressing the spring.