10. Remove the 19mm or 22mm nut holding the strut bearing. Easy
with power tools.
Trick for the 22mm nut: use a 1/2" drive 7/8"spark plug socket (craftsman,
22mm & 7/8" are close enough) with hex on top on the nut. Pur a
3/8" drive 6" extention with allen thru the socket. Hold the socket
with a 7/8" box end wrench and use a 3/8" breaker bar to hold the
shock while turning the nut with the socket-whrench.
The nut holding the shock inside the housing is usually hard
to remove. Get someone to help you and one or two pipe wrenches.
One pipe wrench or a pipe (like in the pic) hold the strut housing,
the other pipe wrench removes the housing nut. You can use a hammer
to help you (Gordon prefers the control arm).
11. Change the shock absorber and installation is the reverse of
If you are using a lower spring,
remove part of the bump stop.
If you are using gas shocks, remove all the oil out of the
Added by sal_park -
alternative method to remove the shock nut
In step 11 if you're have having
trouble removing the nut holding the shock in place here is an
alternative method that can be easily done by one.
the brake disc is on the
2 wheel bolts have been nipped up to hold the
upright/disc/wheel in place
I didn't care too much about
the wheel getting scratched, but a bit of carpet will sort
The white extension on the end of the pipe wrench
is part the metal support from some shelf's (used because it
was all I had to hand)
The easiest way to operate the pipe
wrench is while standing on the tyre.
I really doubt this
will hurt the bearing (didn't on mine anyway)