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Old 12-12-2011, 03:08 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Is It Possible To Replace Struts On My Own?

Hey everyone, so i think my struts are bad and i need to replace them but i have a few question.

First one is: If i dont replace them right away will it cause more damage to other parts or is it just the annoying popping sound that will continue?

second one is: Is it possible for me to replace them or do i have to take it to a professional, if i can do it myself can you provide instructions on how to do it?

thanks again guys, this website has been very usefull to me
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if you need to ask the question "Is it possible for me to replace them?" then i wouldn't do it. ( and no im not being an a$$) But it is easy to do if you know what you are doing and you have the proper tools. Do you have something to compress the springs/struts?

and if you do not change them it will impact other stuff on the car. First off its not safe. ..

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It certainly is possible! I followed this guide (Lowered 08 (Instructions & Pics) - Maxima Forums) and did everything myself.
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Not too bad a job and I believe you can do it.
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I did it myself last time. You can rent a spring compressor from Autozone. It helps if you have a impact gun too. Even if its the cordless one. It helps compress the spring faster/remove wheels. It helps if you have a friend to help too. I would buy new front sway bar endlinks while your at it. The old ones are usually hard to get off. It would also be a good time to add lowering springs. Rear shocks are cheap so you might as well change them too.

You could probably buy all new everything for the price a shop would charge you just to do the front struts
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Changing struts is not hard if you know what your doing and have the right tools to do it with. There's also some danger involved with the springs if you don't know what you're doing since they are under lot of pressure. You need spring compressors. The rear is easy if you know how to take them apart but not so easy if you never done it before. One way to learn is to go to a local parts store and pick up a book for maximas that show you step by step.
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thanks guys ill see what i decide to do. im low on cash and i would rather do it myself to save some money
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Default Re: Is It Possible To Replace Struts On My Own?

Originally Posted by abelc273 View Post
thanks guys ill see what i decide to do. im low on cash and i would rather do it myself to save some money
If you have access to GOOD jack stands, good heavy duty sockets and sprig compressors (even rental) then go for it. There are good guides here, so you'll learn new things and get some new know-how under your belt.

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Default Re: Is It Possible To Replace Struts On My Own?

It is something you can do as others have said but a smart thing to do if your doing is it have a paint marker. Mark the bolts prior to removing. It gives you a good idea of where it should be when your putting it all back together. Also make sure the strut's top hat is facing out when you put it back together. It say out with an arrow but I can't tell you how many times i see people not pay attention. If you don't you may need an alignment which isn't cheap either if your scraping to save on the parts install. If you get it all back together as close as possible to the old marks you should be ok for a bit. Just keep in mind anytime you remove more than on piece of the suspension it is usually good to get an alignment sometime soon.
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