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How to Replace Rear Struts 01-05 Honda Civic

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  1. step : Accessing the Strut (0:40)
    • Remove the trunk carpet
    • Unscrew the plastic retainer from the trunk trim
    • Remove the two plastic clips from the trunk trim
    • Pull off the trunk trim
    • Remove the two 14mm nuts from the top of the strut
  2. step : Removing the Wheel (1:25)
    • Loosen the lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Raise the vehicle with a floor jack
    • Secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the four 19mm lug nuts
    • Pull off the wheel
  3. step : Removing the Strut (1:35)
    • Remove the 17mm bolt from the bottom of the strut
    • Pull the strut out of the bracket with a pry bar
  4. step : Installing the Strut (2:38)
    • Lift the strut into place
    • Start the two 15mm nuts onto the top of the strut by hand
    • Pull the suspension down with a pry bar
    • Push the lower strut mount into place
    • Insert the 13mm bolt into the lower strut mount
    • Tighten the 13mm bolt
  5. step : Reattaching the Wheel (3:35)
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
  6. step : Fastening the Strut (3:43)
    • Lower the vehicle enough to put weight on the suspension
    • Tighten the two 15mm nuts onto the top strut mount
    • Put the trunk trim into place
    • Push the two clips into the trunk trim
    • Screw the retainer into the trunk trim by hand
    • Put the trunk carpet into place
  7. step : Fastening the Wheel (4:37)
    • Tighten the four lug nuts to 80 foot-pounds in a crossing or star pattern
    • Lower the vehicle completely to the ground

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In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the rear struts on this 2003 Honda Civic, pretty much the same as any 2001 to 2005. We show you on the passenger side, but the driver side's the same procedure. You're going to need new struts from, 14 to 19mm sockets, ratchet and extension . air tools will help you if they're available, 3/8"? universal joint, flat-head screwdriver, pry bar, jack and jack stands, and penetrating oil.

Remove the rear carpet from the trunk. Unscrew the plastic retainer. Undo these two plastic clips. Remove the carpet from the side of the trunk you're working on. Remove the two 14mm bolts at the top of the strut.

Remove your four lug nuts with a 19mm socket.

Remove the 17mm bolt at the bottom of the strut. We're going to use a universal swivel and a 17mm impact socket, but this can also be done by hand with a socket and ratchet, or a 17mm wrench. Sometimes, these bolts won't want to come out, because they are under tension from the strut, or they're stuck to the rubber bushing inside. You can use an open-end wrench smaller than the head of the bolt to put a little pressure on it when you spin it out. Use a pry bar to pull the bottom of the strut out of the bracket, pull it right down.

Here we have our new part from As you can see, we have the same upper and the same lower mounting locations. Our new part is a complete strut assembly, saving you the time and the risk of changing your coil spring from the old strut to new strut at home. This is going to go in, direct fit, and restore our original ride quality.

These struts are directional, so you're going to want to make sure that your top and bottom bolt locations line up before we tighten anything. Feed the strut up through the bottom into the mounting location, put the nuts on the top of the strut just finger-tight to make sure it doesn't fall out while we work on the bottom side. Put a pry bar with the hook-end down into the upper control arm on the body side of the car. We're going to pry the suspension down so we can line up our lower strut mount. Start your bolt by hand. Use that universal joint and 17mm socket to tighten the bottom bolt back up.

To reinstall the wheel, start them with the impact gun, leave room to torque later. Put some weight back on the rear tires without letting the vehicle completely off your jack or your lift. The new hardware supplied with our strut is a 15mm, so we'll need that to tighten the top of the strut mount back in. You may need a 3/8"? universal to reach the rear bolt. Reinstall the side carpet abd two retainers. Reinstall the lower carpet. With partial weight of the vehicle on your tire, torque your four lug nuts to 8 foot-pounds in a cross pattern.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Air Powered Tools

  • 3/8 Inch Air Impact Gun

  • General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Swivel
  • Ratchet
  • Torque Wrench
  • 3/8 Inch Drive Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pry Bar
  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 19mm Socket
  • 17mm Socket
  • 14mm Socket
  • 15mm Socket

2001 - 2005  Honda  Civic
2003 - 2005  Honda  Civic
2001 - 2002  Honda  Civic
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