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How to Replace Front Struts 06-13 Chevy Impala

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How to Replace Front Struts 06-13 Chevy Impala

Created on: 2013-08-28

If you have clunking noises coming from the front of your 06-12 Chevy Impala, watch this video to learn how to replace the struts!

  1. step 1 :Remove the wheel
    • Loosen the lug nuts
    • Raise and secure the vehicle
    • Remove the lug nuts and wheel.
  2. step 2 :Remove the bottom of the shock
    • Unbolt the two bottom bolts securing the shock.
    • Use a breaker bar and a 21 mm socket and some penetrating oil.
    • You might need a hammer to work the bolts out once you have removed the nuts.
    • Use a pry bar to pry the spindle free from the strut
  3. step 3 :Remove the top of the strut
    • Pop the hood and secure it.
    • Use your 13 mm socket and ratchet and some penetrating oil to remove the three bolts securing the top of the strut.
    • Pull the strut down and out.
  4. step 4 :Install the new strut
    • Work the strut into place and bolt in the top three 13 mm bolts
    • Torque the three 13 mm nuts to 35-45 ft lbs
    • Bolt in the bottom two nuts and bolts and torque to 100 ft lbs.
  5. step 5 :Replace the wheel
    • Put the wheel back on and hand tighten the lug nuts
    • Lower the vehicle and torque the lug nuts to 100 ft lbs

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Jack Stands

    Floor Jack

  • Ratchets & Related


    1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

    21mm Socket

    13mm Socket

    19mm Socket

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In this video we're going to show you how to replace the front struts on a 2006 Chevy Impala. It's the same operation for the left side and the right side and we always recommend that you do replace struts in pairs. In order to do this repair you're going to need some new struts from 1A Auto. A 21 and 19 and 13 millimeter socket and socket wrench. A hammer. A pry-bar. A pipe for extra leverage if you need it. As well as a torque wrench.

Remove the hubcap by hand using a 19 millimeter socket. If you don't have the benefit of air-tools you'll want to loosen the lug-nuts with the vehicle on the ground first. Then raise and support the vehicle and remove the lug-nuts from the tire. Locate the two 21 millimeter nuts. Using a 21 millimeter socket, a socket wrench and a pipe for extra leverage to remove the two nuts on the strut. I will go ahead and fast-forward as I remove those.

Use a hammer to knock free the two bolts that go through the strut and spindle. Use a long screw-driver or pry-bar to pry the spindle free from the strut. Locate and remove three 13 millimeter nuts on the strut-top. As you're removing the last nut, hold the strut so that it doesn't just come falling down. Here you see a side by side of the old part and the new part from 1A Auto. Going back in with the strut. Start from the bottom. Line up the three holes. And then start your three 13 millimeters nuts up top. Once you get them all started go ahead and tighten them up and I'll fast-forward as I do that. Now line up the strut with the spindle and match up the holes. You might have to pull down or push up on the spindle and hub assembly there to line them up. Go ahead and put in your two bolts. Then once you get the bolts in use a hammer to seat them into that spindle and lower strut assembly.

Now reinstall the two 21 millimeter nuts and go ahead and tighten them down. Torque the two nuts to a hundred foot pounds. Reinstall the wheel and the five lug-nuts. Torque your wheel lug-nuts to a hundred foot pounds. Once you're done torqueing the lug-nuts in a star pattern reinstall your hubcap. And make sure you see the little notch in the hubcap and put it over the valve-stem. And once you've done that you can start with just the socket itself tightening up those five 19 millimeter lug-nut cap-covers.
And after you replace your struts it is recommended that you get an alignment on your vehicle. We hope this helps you out. Brought to you by your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free 888-844-3393. We're the company that's for you on the internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • 1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 21mm Socket
  • 13mm Socket
  • 19mm Socket

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