Replaces

2003-08 Pontiac Vibe Toyota Matrix Strut & Spring Assembly - 1ASTS02177

In the past, replacing struts required specialized tools to compress, remove and transfer the old spring and mount.  Pre-assembled with all new parts, our complete strut and spring assemblies make this job much quicker and easier for the do-it-yourself mechanic.

Each complete strut & spring assembly contains:

  • Upper Strut Mount
  • Strut Bearing
  • Coil Spring
  • Boot & Bumper Kit
  • Gas-charged Strut 

To ensure the vehicle performs safely and as designed, we recommend replacing shocks & struts in pairs. If the damping rates are significantly different from side to side (like using different brand parts or mixing old with new) the vehicle body and wheel movement variations could cause handling irregularities. We also recommend performing an alignment after replacement. This will ensure proper tracking and protect your vehicle's tires from premature wear.

Pre-Assembled

Pre-assembled, loaded strut & spring assemblies allow for a quicker, safer install than replacing with just bare struts. 

Trouble-Free Install

Trouble-free install includes the matched parts needed to get the job done. New mounts, bearings, springs and hardware will provide a better ride for your vehicle and save you time from not having to do the job again because a used part failed afterwards.

Lifetime Warranty

This item is backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty. In the event this item should fail due to manufacturing defects during intended use, we will exchange the part free of charge (excludes shipping charges) for the original purchaser. Please keep your invoice for proof of this warranty.

  1. step : Removing the Wheel (0:24)
    • Pry off the hub cap with a pry bar
    • Loosen the lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Raise and support the vehicle
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Pull the wheel off the hub
  2. step : Removing the Sway Bar Link (1:15)
    • Spray rust penetrant on the upper sway bar link nut
    • Clean the upper sway bar link nut with a wire brush
    • Hold the upper sway bar link nut with a 6mm hex socket and breaker bar
    • Loosen the nut with a 17mm wrench
    • If the nut is stuck, hold the sway bar link ball joint with locking pliers if necessary
    • Remove the 17mm nut
    • If the nut remains stuck, cut the sway bar link stud with a hack saw or reciprocating saw
    • Hold the lower sway bar link ball joint with locking pliers
    • Remove the 17mm bolt from the lower sway bar link stud
    • Remove the sway bar link from the vehicle
  3. step : Installing the Sway Bar Link (7:54)
    • Hang the sway bar link where it attaches to the strut
    • Slide the sway bar link stud into sway bar
    • Start the 18mm nuts onto the sway bar link studs by hand
    • Hold the sway bar link ball joints with an 18mm wrench
    • Tighten the nuts with an 18mm socket and ratchet
    • Torque the 18mm nuts to 55 foot-pounds
  4. step : Installing the Wheel (8:52)
    • Slide the wheel onto the hub
    • Start the lug nuts by hand, with the tapered side facing the wheel
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Torque the lug nuts to 76 foot-pounds in a star pattern
    • Line up the hub cap with the valve stem
    • Push the hub cap onto the wheel

Tools needed for replacement:

    Allen Wrenches

  • 6mm Allen Wrench

  • General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Sawzall
  • Wire Brush
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant
  • Brake Parts Cleaner

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Vise Grip Pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet
  • 1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 17mm Socket
  • 18mm Socket
  • 21mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 17mm Wrench
  • 18mm Wrench
  • 21mm wrench

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Vehicle Fit

  • 2003-2008 Pontiac Vibe Front Strut & Spring Assembly Driver Side
  • 2003-2008 Toyota Matrix Front Strut & Spring Assembly Driver Side

This part replaces:

  • Monroe 172117
  • KYB SR4118
Part #: 1ASTS02177



How-to Video:

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