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How To Install Replace Remove Rear Shocks Struts 2002-06 Nissan Altima

Created on: 2013-11-22

If the rear shocks on your 02-06 Nissan Altima are bouncy or clunking, it's probably time to replace them! Watch this video to learn how to do it yourself!

  1. step 1 :Removing the Strut
    • Raise and secure the vehicle
    • Apply penetrating oil to the two 12mm bolts
    • Remove the two 12mm nuts from the top of the strut
    • Remove the 18mm bolt from the bottom of the strut
    • Pry the strut up and off its mounting with a pry bar
    • Pull out the strut and the rubber cap
  2. step 2 :Preparing the New Strut
    • Put the old strut in a vise
    • Remove the 14mm nut from the top of the strut
    • Pull off the outer part of the strut
    • Slide the outer part of the strut onto the new strut
    • Put the new strut into a vise
    • Tighten the 14mm nut onto the new strut
  3. step 3 :Installing the New Strut
    • Put the rubber cap on top of the new strut
    • Slide the new strut into place
    • Line up the new strut onto its studs
    • Insert the 12mm nuts onto the strut
    • Push the bottom of the strut into place with a hammer and a pry bar
    • Insert the 18mm bolt into the bottom of the strut

Tools needed

  • 12mm Socket

    14mm Wrench

    18mm Socket

    A Piece of Pipe (for leverage)

    Floor Jack


    Jack Stands

    Pry Bar


    Rust Penetrant

    Socket Extensions

    Vise Grip Pliers

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Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video we're going to show you how to replace the rear struts on this 2003 Nissan Altima. The items you'll need for this are new rear struts from 1A Auto.com, 12 millimeter and 18 millimeter sockets and a ratchet with an extension, 14 millimeter wrench, a vise, a pair of vise grips, pry bar, and a hammer.

Start off by just spraying these bolts up here with some penetrating oil and we'll fast forward as Don removes these two 12 millimeter bolts. Now, underneath the car, on the lower part of the strut, right here, you can see that it's held in with an 18 millimeter bolt. We're just going to fast forward as Don removes this and you can see he uses a piece of pipe for leverage. It just makes it easier to remove that bolt. Once the bolt's out you just want to pry the strut up and off. Then you want to just pull the strut down and out and watch out. The little rubber cap at the top will fall down.

Now, to remove the outside of the strut and put it onto the new one you just want to put this into a vise. Use vise grips to hold the end of it and then, using a 14 millimeter wrench, just loosen up the nut at the top there. Once the nut's removed you can pull the outer part of the strut off and you can see the old one in the back, the new one from 1A Auto up front. They're identical and they'll mount exactly the same.

Now, slide the outer part of the strut onto the new strut and we'll fast forward as Don puts it back in the vise. Same as before, just reverse the order and tighten that back up.

Now, feed your strut back up into the wheel well with the rubber cap on top of it. Now line up the top into the hole and line up the holes on the strut with the studs and then just replace those two 12 millimeter nuts. Now, using a pry bar and a hammer you just want to carefully push that strut back into place. Then, replace that 18 millimeter bolt. Then, you're all set with this side and you want to repeat the process on the other side.

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2002 - 2006  Nissan  Altima
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