Replaces

Acura MDX Honda Pilot Strut Assembly Pair - 1ASSP00281

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    We recommend that you get an alignment after finishing this repair

  1. step : Loosening the Struts (1:24)
    • Pry up the three trim caps on the cowl panel
    • Loosen the three 14mm nuts on the strut
  2. step : Removing the Wheel (2:11)
    • Loosen the 19mm lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Raise the vehicle with a floor jack
    • Secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Pull off the wheel
  3. step : Removing the Stabilizer Link (1:52)
    • Remove the 12mm bolts from the strut
    • Hold the upper stabilizer link stud with a 19mm wrench
    • Remove the upper nut from the stabilizer link with a 17mm socket and ratchet
    • Hold the lower stabilizer link stud with a 19mm wrench
    • Remove the lower nut from the stabilizer link with a 17mm socket and ratchet
    • Pull off the stabilizer link
  4. step : Removing the Strut (4:54)
    • Remove the lower 22mm bolt from the strut and knuckle
    • Pull up on the cowl panel
    • Remove the three 14mm nuts the rest of the way
    • Shake the strut loose from the steering knuckle
    • Remove the strut
  5. step : Compressing the Spring (7:00)
    • Insert the spring compressors into place
    • Insert the 17mm wrench to the top shaft of the spring
    • Drive the HW6 Allen Bit into the shaft
    • Using another wrench for extra leverage, loosen the top strut bolt
    • Remove the top plate
    • Remove the dust boot
  6. step : Preparing the New Strut (9:25)
    • Compress the strut to remove the strap
    • Insert the dust boot to the new strut
    • Insert the wasters to the new strut
    • Insert the spring into place
    • Insert the top, bearing, and bearing plat to the new strut
    • Insert a washer to the top of the strut
    • Tighten the top strut nut by hand
    • Tighten the top strut nut with a 7mm socket and 18mm wrench
    • Loosen the spring compressors
  7. step : Installing the New Strut (12:40)
    • Insert the strut into place
    • Tighten the three 14mm nuts by hand
    • Insert the knuckle to the strut
    • Tighten the two 22mm bolts to the knuckle and strut
    • Torque the 22mm bolts to 120 foot-pounds
    • Tighten the 12mm and 10mm bolts to the strut brackets
  8. step : Reinstalling the Stabilizer Link (14:42)
    • Push the stabilizer link into place
    • Start the 17mm nuts by hand
    • Hold the upper stabilizer link stud with a 19mm wrench
    • Fasten the upper nut onto the stabilizer link with a 17mm wrench
    • Hold the lower stabilizer link stud with a 19mm wrench
    • Fasten the lower nut onto the stabilizer link with a 17mm wrench
  9. step : Reattaching the Wheel (15:07)
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Tighten the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds in a crossing or star pattern
  10. step : Tightening the Struts (15:46)
    • Push the cowl panel into place
    • Torque the three nuts on the top of each strut to 30 foot-pounds
    • Push on the trim caps to the cowl panel

Tools needed for replacement:

    Allen Wrenches

  • 6mm Allen Wrench

  • General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant

  • Ratchets & Related

  • A Piece of Pipe (for leverage)
  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 19mm Socket
  • 17mm Socket
  • 14mm Socket
  • 12mm Socket
  • 7mm Socket
  • 22mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Strut Spring Compression Tool

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 19mm Wrench

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How-to Video:

(16:46 min)

Tools List:

    Allen Wrenches

  • 6mm Allen Wrench

  • General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant

  • Ratchets & Related

  • A Piece of Pipe (for leverage)
  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 19mm Socket
  • 17mm Socket
  • 14mm Socket
  • 12mm Socket
  • 7mm Socket
  • 22mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Strut Spring Compression Tool

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 19mm Wrench



This part replaces:

  • Monroe 71452
  • Monroe 71451
  • KYB 334365
  • KYB 334364

Vehicle Fit

  • 2001-2002 Acura MDX Front Strut Assembly Pair
  • 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Front Strut Assembly Pair
Part #: 1ASSP00281

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