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How to Replace Front Struts 11-17 Toyota Camry

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How to Replace Front Struts 11-17 Toyota Camry

Created on: 2019-04-30

Watch this video to learn how to replace the front struts. The experts at 1A Auto show how to replace the front struts on your 11-17 Toyota Camry.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Front Strut
    • Raise and support the vehicle
    • Remove the wheel
    • Remove the ABS wire retention clip with the panel tool
    • Remove the 10 mm bolt fastening the ABS sensor to the knuckle, and remove the ABS sensor
    • Remove sway bar link from the strut
    • Remove the two 22 mm bolts fastening the strut to the knuckle with a 22 mm wrench and a 22 mm socket
    • Remove the 12 mm bolt fastening the flex hose and ABS wire bracket to the strut
    • Remove the three 14 mm strut mounting bolts at the top of the strut tower
    • Remove the strut
  2. step 2 :Replacing the Strut
    • Insert the strut mounting studs through the strut tower mounting holes and hand tighten the three mounting nuts
    • Torque the three mounting nuts to 63 ft-lb
    • Replace the two 22 mm nuts and bolts fastening the strut to the knuckle and torque them to 214 ft-lb
    • Replace the flex hose and abs wire mounting bracket to the strut with the 12 mm bolt
    • Replace the ABS wire retaining clip
    • Replace the ABS sensor with the 10 mm bolt
    • Replace the wheel
    • Lower the vehicle
    • Torque the lug nuts in a star pattern to 76 ft-lb

Tools needed for replacement

  • Air Powered Tools

    1/2 Inch Air Impact Gun

  • General Tools

    Jack Stands

    Floor Jack

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Torque Wrench


    1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

    12mm Socket

    14mm Socket

    19mm Socket

    10mm Socket

    22mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

  • Wrenches - Metric

    22mm Wrench

Installation Video
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Hey, everyone. Sue here from 1A Auto, and today we have a 2013 Toyota Camry in the shop. I'm going to show you how to replace front strut assemblies. If you need any parts for your car, click on the link below and head on over to

So to take the tire off, you need a 19 millimeter socket. Take the tire off. We have to take the ABS off, because I have to take it out of the knuckle housing here. And I've got to take the wire off the strut. So I'm just going to use a body tool to get underneath this clip and see if I can slide it, just detach it. There we go. I can reuse it. Sweet.

So now if I turn it this way, you'll see, it looks like it could be a 10 millimeter bolt. I've got to get a 10 millimeter, and disconnect that ABS sensor where it mounts in the knuckle. Break that free. Let's hope it comes right out. Wonderful.

I'm going to put the bolt back in the ABS mounting hole. I just like to do that so it doesn't get lost with the whole knuckle being out. It's just easier.

Now we've got to take the sway bar link and detach it from the strut. Now I'm going to take the strut away from the knuckle. And these are 22 millimeter, wrench and socket. You can do this by hand or use an air tool. There's two bolts.

I'm going to take the flex hose bracket and ABS wire bracket off of the strut, 12 millimeter socket. Now we can lower it and undo the top of the strut bolts.

So these are the top three mounting studs for the strut tower, which is the strut mount right here and the strut assembly. This is a 14 millimeter socket. Break them free. I'm not going to take them all the way out yet until they're all free. Now, remember, I have nothing attached on the bottom part, so the last one is going to be rather taunt, because I have to hold the strut with one arm at the same time. Set this aside. I'll just reach through the fender well here. See how I can hold onto the strut and move it? Now I can freely use my right hand, or leftie, and lose the nuts. I'm going to put them back up here. The new strut does come with new mounting nuts, so actually, let's discard them. Now I'm going to reach underneath here, and there is your strut assembly with spring and mount.

Here we have our factory strut on our 2013 Camry. This is the right front strut. And this is our replacement from 1A Auto. Bracket is identical, mounted--it's even got the sway bar link bracket nice and welded. Same amount of coils. It comes with a new strut mount, new mounting bolts, new bushings inside, the rubber bushing inside, with the dust boot cover. And a nice rubber seat here. Same ride height as the factory. If you need this part or any other part for your car, click on the link below and head on over to

So now with the new strut assembly, I'm going to bring it right up through the fender well and line up the three mounting bolts. I already have the new nuts in my hand here. Just go onto the mount. And then you can let go. And then we're going to torque that to 63 foot-pounds. 15 millimeter socket. This back one, you just have to move the cowl a little bit. See how the ear pops up? Just make sure it goes back into the slot. Got one here, and then one over there. There you go.

I know that when I took that out, the nuts were in the back. The bolts went this way. I'm going to put the top one in. There is no camber slot or cut out, so I know that when I want to do an alignment, I want this strut pushed in as far as it can. It's pretty much there because there is no, at all, ovalness or cut out. So that's going to be pretty close. Put the nuts back on.

So now we're going to tighten the strut to the knuckle. The two bolts that mounted here. It's a 22 millimeter wrench and socket. I'm going to use my half inch air gun. The torque specs is 214 foot pounds, and, frankly, I don't think everybody wants to see me try to do that. So I'll use my judgment in the sense that I'm not going to reef on the air gun. I know what the air gun can do for foot-pounds, so I know it's tight, and it'll squeeze. Knuckle's good.

Now I'm going to put the flex hose bracket with the ABS wire to it, back on the strut tower. Now this has nice little divots in it where it's indicated. See the metal tab, how it's off center, it has an angle? It's going to go right in that spot right there and mount right like that. And now I can take me flex hose and sit it up just like that. I started that by hand. 12 millimeter socket. Tighten that down. Now we have the ABS wire with the sensor on it. There's that little plastic clip that I took out of the old one. So that plastic clip goes right into that premade slot. Clips right in, bring it around the back, now you can line it up in the actual hole in the knuckle for the ABS sensor. That fits right in there. Make sure it's flush and then put the mounting bolt in. This is a 10 millimeter socket. Good to go.

19 millimeter socket. I'm going to hand tighten all the lug nuts, then I'll lower it down and torque it. I'm going to start at the bottom and I'm going to go in a star pattern. And the wheel torque for this Camry is 76 foot-pounds. Double-check everything

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Air Powered Tools

  • 1/2 Inch Air Impact Gun

  • General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack

  • Ratchets & Related

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

  • Sockets - Metric

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

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 22mm Wrench

2012 - 2017  Toyota  Camry
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