Direct Fit

Direct fit replacement; not only will the part fit correctly, but it will function correctly.  Many competitors combine applications to cut down on the amount of parts they have to carry. This can result in the following issues: incorrect vehicle height, poor response and an uncomfortable ride.

Rigorously Tested

Rigorously tested and made from higher quality materials than the competition. Our parts are built to have a longer life in any environment or road conditions.

Lifetime Warranty

This item is backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty. In the event this item should fail due to manufacturing defects during intended use, we will exchange the part free of charge (excludes shipping charges) for the original purchaser. Please keep your invoice for proof of this warranty.

  1. step : Removing the Wheel (0:59)
    • Loosen the lug nut covers with a 19mm socket
    • Pry off the center cap with a flat blade screwdriver
    • 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 Front Strut (1:30)
    • Spray the lower and higher strut bolts with penetrating oil
    • Remove the two of the upper 15mm strut bolts
    • Remove the two 21mm nuts from the bottom of the strut and knuckle
    • Hammer the bottom of the strut to loosen the bolts
    • Remove the nuts and hammer the bolts out
    • Pull the wheel knuckle forward and push the strut back
    • Remove the two of the upper 15mm strut bolt
    • Remove the rear shock strut
  3. step : Dissembling the Front Strut (3:10)
    • Spray the top bolt on the strut with penetrating oil
    • Place the spring compressors on either side of the spring
    • Tighten each back and forth a little while alternating sides
    • Remove the nut at the top of the strut with a strut socket and T47 Torx bit
    • Pull the mount plate from the top of the strut free
    • Remove the spring
    • Pull the boot up and off
  4. step : Assembling the Front Strut (5:07)
    • Push down on the strut and remove the packing clip
    • Remove the nut and pull the clip free
    • Hammer the clip on the old strut that holds the gasket
    • Place the gasket onto the new strut
    • Replace the boot
    • Insert the spring into its notch on the strut
    • Push the plate and mount onto the strut
    • Push down on the strut and insert a 47 Torx bolt
    • Loosen each of the compressors bit by bit while alternating sides
    • Repeat until the spring compressors pull free
  5. step : Inserting the Front Strut (6:51)
    • Insert the strut into place
    • Replace the upper 15mm strut bolts by hand
    • Push down on the knuckle and place the strut behind it
    • Push the strut onto the knuckle
    • Insert the 21mm bolts into the bottom of the strut and knuckle
    • Hammer the 21mm bolts in and tighten them
    • Torque the 21mm bolts to 130 ft/lbs
  6. step : Reattaching the Wheel (8:48)
    • 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
    • Tighten the lug nuts to 100 ft/lbs in a crossing or star pattern
    • Tighten the three 15mm bolts at the top of the strut
    • Tighten the lug nuts to 30 ft/lbs
    • Reattach the center cap
    • Tighten the lug nut covers with a 19mm socket

Tools needed for replacement:

    Allen Wrenches

  • 6mm Allen Wrench

  • General Tools

  • Hammer
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 15mm Socket
  • 19mm Socket
  • 21mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Strut Spring Compression Tool

  • Torx Drivers & Sockets

  • T47 Torx Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 18mm Wrench

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Vehicle Fit

  • 2005-2009 Buick Allure Front Strut Assembly Driver or Passenger Side
  • 1997-2005 Buick Century Front Strut Assembly Driver or Passenger Side
  • 2005-2009 Buick LaCrosse Front Strut Assembly Driver or Passenger Side excluding Super Models
  • 1997-2004 Buick Regal Front Strut Assembly Driver or Passenger Side
  • 2000-2013 Chevy Impala Front Strut Assembly Driver or Passenger Side
  • 2000-2007 Chevy Monte Carlo Front Strut Assembly Driver or Passenger Side
  • 1997-2005 Chevy Venture Front Strut Assembly Driver or Passenger Side
  • 1997-2004 Olds Silhouette Front Strut Assembly Driver or Passenger Side
  • 1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix Front Strut Assembly Driver or Passenger Side
  • 1999-2005 Pontiac Montana Front Strut Assembly Driver or Passenger Side
  • 1997-1999 Pontiac Trans Sport Front Strut Assembly Driver or Passenger Side

This part replaces:

  • OE # 88965467
  • Monroe 71661
  • KYB 334227
Part #: 1ASTS00686


How-to Video:

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