'02 - '06 Honda CRV Rear Suspension Strut / Shock Replacement (With Video)
Replacing the Rear Suspension Strut
This article shows how to remove and replace the rear suspension strut in the Honda CRV. No special tools are required aside from a hydraulic jack and jack stands. This is a moderately difficult repair.
Behind the rear seat of the CRV are plastic side covers that when removed provide access to the rear strut nuts. These nuts must be removed in order to pull the old strut out of the car. Underneath, the lower portion of the strut is secured to the suspension control arm by one long bolt.
After the nuts and bolt have been removed, the rear suspension upper control arm must be detached from the suspension knuckle to provide room to pull the strut assembly out.
The video below shows the whole procedure; the steps are described in the discussion below that.
Video of Honda CRV Rear Strut Replacement
This ten-minute video will provide you visual step-by-step help with completing this replacement. The steps are also described lower down in the article.
Step-by-Step Discussion: Honda CRV Rear Suspension Replacement
Removing the Rear Strut Upper Mounting Nuts
- Remove the rear strut access panel behind the rear seat. A thick-tipped screw driver or metal pick may be helpful.
- Remove the two (2) nuts that secure the upper strut studs to the chassis of the car through the wheel well. You will need a socket wrench extension to reach the 14-mm nuts.
- After the nuts have been removed, you can use a magnetic wand to retrieve the nuts if you can't reach them with your hands.
Disconnecting the Brake Line and ABS Line to Make Room for Strut Removal
- Unbolt and detach the brake line fitting from the suspension lnuckle.
- Follow the parking brake line to the chassis, then unbolt and detach the fitting.
- Detach the ABS line from the upper control arm that's attached to the suspension knuckle.
- Follow the ABS line to the chassis and detach the plastic fitting.
Detaching the Upper Control Arm From the Suspension Knuckle
- Support the lower control arm by placing a hydraulic jack under the arm, and pump up the jack to relieve pressure on the arm.
- Remove the bolt that connects the upper control arm to the suspension lnuckle. Separate the arm from the knuckle with a pry bar.
- Slowly lower the knuckle by lowering the hydraulic jack.
Removing the Rear Strut Assembly
- Where the lower strut attaches to the lower control arm, remove the bolt.
- Wiggle, pull, and angle out the strut from the chassis of the car. Pushing down on the lower control arm to gain more clearance can help.
Installing the New Rear Strut
- There is a front and back mounting point to the new strut. Match the new strut with the old strut via the lower spring seat so you can distinguish the front from the back.
- Angle the new strut in, align it, and push it through the upper strut lugs into the chassis mounting holes.
- Screw on and torque down the upper strut lug nuts.
- Using a pry bar while pressing down on the lower control arm, align the lower strut mounting hole with the lower control arm mounting holes and install the bolt. Do not apply the final torque until after re-connecting the upper control arm to the knuckle.
Attaching the Upper Control Arm to the Suspension Knuckle
- Using the hydraulic jack as an aid, lift the suspension knuckle until the mounting hole on the knuckle is aligned with the upper control arm holes.
- Push through the mounting bolt and torque it down.
- Torque down the lower strut mounting bolt.
Reconnecting the Brake and ABS Lines
- Re-attach the parking brake line to the chassis of the car.
- Re-attach the brake line to the suspension knuckle.
- Re-attach the ABS fitting to the upper control arm.
- Re-attach the ABS fitting to the chassis of the car.
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