A car's suspension plays an important role that many drivers take for granted until something goes wrong. Honda recommends that after 60,000 miles of driving in normal conditions, you should replace the shocks and struts on your Honda Accord to maintain the car's optimum performance. A shock absorber is installed by each wheel on the front and back, and each shock needs to be replaced individually.
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Things you need
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Tire iron
- Ratchet set
- Adjustable wrench
- Self-locking nuts for the strut assembly
- Torque wrench
Raise the rear end of your Honda Accord with a floor jack and then support the frame with jack stands.
Remove the lug nuts on the rear wheels and remove the wheels from the car.
Open the boot and remove the bulkhead cover so you have access to the top of the suspension system. Locate the two flange nuts below the cover opening and remove.
Remove the nut and bolt from the bottom of the strut, and then remove the strut. Repeat on the opposite side of the Accord. If you are unsure of where the strut is located, look at the replacement part and find its match, or refer to the documentation included with the shock.
Undo the self-locking nut from the strut assembly. Remove the washer, upper bushing and mounting base from the strut. Also, remove the collar, lower bushing and the spring cushion.
Pull the bump stop plate and the bump stop away from the car.
Install the replacement strut and replace all parts on the strut assembly in the reverse order that it was taken apart.
Place the new strut in the suspension.
Go to the opposite side of the car and repeat the above process.
Replace and tighten the two flange nuts under the bulkhead cover and reinstall the cover.
Replacing the Rear Shocks
Jack up the front of the Honda and prop it up with jack stands as you did previously for the rear.
Remove the nuts on the wheels and take the wheels off the car.
Undo the bolts that attach the brake hose to the strut.
Remove the nut and bolt connecting the fork to the bottom of the strut. Also, take out the nut and bolt from the bottom of the fork.
Take out the mounting nuts and the 8mm and 10mm bolts at the top of the strut. Pull the strut out of the vehicle.
Replace the shock in the strut. To do this, you must remove a number of parts from the strut. First, take off the self-locking nut from the top of the strut assembly and then remove the washer underneath. This should allow you to take out the upper bushing and the mounting base. Next, remove the collar, the spring collar and the lower bushing. Remove the spring, the dust cover and plate, and the lower spring cushion before taking out the bump stop and the bump stop plate.
Attach the new shock to the strut assembly and replace all parts of the assembly, beginning with the bump stop and plate and going through in the reverse order they came off.
Position the adapted strut in place and connect to the frame by hand tightening the upper mounting nuts and the bolt that attached the strut at the bottom of the fork.
Once both shocks have been replaced, put the wheels back on the car and lower the Accord to the ground.
Replacing the Front Shocks
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