Hardlymoving writes about do-it-yourself automobile maintenance on various makes and models.
Do-It-Yourself Front Strut Replacement
This video will show you how to replace the front strut on a 2007 (07' - 12') Acura RDX or 2007 (07' - 11') Honda CRV. Both vehicles share the same suspension strut design, making the parts interchangeable.
The strut bellows (the boot that protects the strut stem from dirt and moisture) is molded with the upper spring insulator. The old bellows can be cut away from the spring insulator and a generic bellows can be fitted as a replacement. Quality spring compressors with slide-off prevention pins can be rented from auto retailers such as Autozone or O'Reilly's, or purchased for approximately $40 or less.
Complete struts (with new springs, mounts, bellows, and insulators) are expensive relative to the price of a bare strut, which is why I choose to transfer parts from the old strut onto the new bare strut.
Parts and Specialty Tools Needed
- Strut Spring Compressor Tool
- Craftsman Pass-Through Socket Wrench Set
- Torx and Hex Socket Set
- Milwaukee M18 1/2" High Torque Impact Wrench 1400 ft-lb
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