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How to Replace Strut & Spring Assembly 02-03 Nissan Maxima

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  1. step : Removing the Wheel (1:07)
    • 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 lug nuts
    • Pull off the wheel
  2. step : Removing the Strut (1:27)
    • Hold the strut spindle bolt with a 19mm wrench
    • Remove the strut spindle nut with a 21mm socket and ratchet
    • Pull the bolt out of the spindle
    • Push the ABS sensor out of its brackets
    • Remove the brake line clip with needle nose pliers
    • Pull the brake line out of its bracket
    • Pry the strut out of the wheel spindle with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Apply penetrating oil to the strut mount nuts
    • Remove two of the three 14mm nuts from the strut mount
    • Support the strut as you remove the remaining 14mm nut
    • Pull the strut out
  3. step : Installing the New Strut (3:50)
    • Align the strut mount using a screwdriver so that the F faces forward
    • Push the strut into place
    • Support the strut as you start the 14mm nuts onto the strut mount
    • Push the strut into the spindle
    • Bush the bolt through the spindle
    • Start the nut onto the spindle bolt
    • Tighten the strut mount nuts to 25 foot-pounds of torque
    • Tighten the spindle nut to 110 foot-pounds
    • Push the ABS sensor back into its brackets
    • Push the brake line into its bracket
    • Put the brake line clip on
    • Tap the clip on with a hammer
  4. step : Reattaching the Wheel (6:38)
    • 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
    • Have your car professionally aligned following this repair

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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 Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to remove and reinstall a front strut. We're going to show you the right front strut, and the left front strut is the same procedure. We do recommend you always replace struts in pairs. This is on a 2003 Maxima. Pretty much, it's the same procedure for any Maxima or even Altima, Infiniti I30; it's the same procedure. There may be some minor differences in how the ABS sensors and cables attach to this. Here's what you'll need to complete this job. You'll need a set of new struts from We sell a nice set of loaded struts with the spring and everything; it makes the job fairly easy, actually. You'll need jack and jack stands; and 14, 19, and 21 mm sockets. You'll need a ratchet and you'll also need a breaker bar and maybe even a pipe for some extra leverage; a screwdriver; pliers; hammer; and a torque wrench.

We'll start off by removing the wheel. You're going to want a 21 mm socket and ratchet or a breaker bar or your tire iron, and you'll probably want to start with the wheel on the ground. Loosen the lug nuts. Then raise and secure the vehicle with jack stands, and then remove the wheel and the tire.

I'm going to remove the 19 mm bolt with a 21 mm nut. There are two of them at the bottom of the strut. You can always use a pipe over your breaker bar to give you extra leverage. Now that we've shown you how to get them out by hand, we're just going to use the impact wrench to zip them off a little quicker. Now, remove the bolts. Notice that the suspension is not supported; the vehicle is supported on the body and not the suspension.

We're going to push the ABS sensor out of the back, and we're going to slide the ABS sensor up on the other side. Take needle nose pliers, and remove the clip for the brake line. Push that down, and slide it out. We'll pry the strut from the spindle and set it off to the side.

There are three strut mount nuts. They're 14 mm. penetrating oil helps loosen them. I'm going to fast-forward, and you can see Don's able to get the nuts off by hand first, and then he just resorts to the impact wrench just to, again, speed things up a little bit. The third one's about to come out. I'm supporting the strut from below so it doesn't fall. Take a strut out.

I'm aligning the top of the strut mount. The F is going to face forward, and you can do that with a screwdriver, and the same way we took it out, it's going to go back in. I'm supporting the strut from below with my left hand and feeding it up through the three holes, and I'm just starting to feed the nuts on. Now, Don's just going to put the new nuts on, and you'll notice that we actually put the same strut back in. There was nothing wrong with the strut. We just replaced the top strut mount. Before we tighten the nuts up top, we're going to make sure that we get our bolts down here on the spindle. Fast-forward as we put both those nuts on and then tighten them preliminarily. We torque the upper strut mount nuts to 25 foot-pounds. I'm tightening up the lower strut nuts to 110 foot-pounds.

Slide the ABS sensor on the left side back into place and on the right side. Now, I'm going to be pulling the brake line through and then up, and once that's seated, I'm putting the clip back on from the back. Tap it. It might require a little bit of tapping to fully seat it. Just put the wheel and tire back on. Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily. Then put it down on the ground and torque the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds and definitely recommended that you get a front end alignment after this repair.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Hammer
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

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

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 14mm Socket
  • 19mm Socket
  • 21mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 19mm Wrench

2002 - 2003  Nissan  Maxima
2002 - 2004  Infiniti  I35
2000 - 2001  Infiniti  I30
2000 - 2003  Nissan  Maxima
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