Car struts:

Find out what you should know about replacing auto struts.

Struts work hard to control your vehicle’s ride and handling.

Struts also wear out in much the same way as individual springs and shocks. The strut cartridge (shock) loses its ability to absorb vehicle bounce and manage weight transfer after encountering many miles of bumps, and the coil spring can begin to sag after miles of use.

For years, you had to replace the strut’s cartridge and springs individually, which required special tools and an experienced mechanic. Now Advance Auto Parts has complete car strut modules (waded struts) in stock that make strut/spring replacement much easier, quicker and safer for the do-it-yourselfer. Don’t forget we also carry a complete selection of quality auto parts for your other vehicle maintenance jobs.

Why you should replace your car struts every 50,000 miles:

Currently many vehicles use MacPherson-type struts on all four corners. MacPherson struts replace the upper ball joint and upper control arm in conventional suspensions, and serve as a major structural component of a vehicle’s suspension. This type of car struts combines the spring and shock absorber into a single module.

Uneven wear, cupped tires, excessive vehicle body roll, brake dive and steering wander may be symptoms of worn auto struts. Replace your vehicle's struts to restore safer handling and control.

Replacing your auto struts; what you’ll need for the job:

Do-it-yourself difficulty guide for upgrading car struts:

Estimated time required - 4-6 Hours (conventional process); 2-3 Hours (quick strut available)

How to replace your car struts: do it yourself & save!

This procedure is advanced. Consult your vehicle's repair manual. Jack up the car (making sure it is properly supported) and remove the wheels for strut access. Apply penetrating oil to fasteners. Allow to soak 30 minutes before beginning.

  1. Test your struts. Take your vehicle for a test drive paying attention to excessive bounce, sway or dive during braking. Look for fluid leaks around the strut, if it’s leaking, replace immediately. Always replace auto struts in pairs.
  2. Mark one of the upper retaining bolts to ensure proper reassembly. Remove all but one from the top of one strut tower. Leave the other side assembled for reference.
  3. Take note of the brake line routing around the car strut. Remove any brake line mounting clips, and be careful not to damage brake lines when removing the strut.
  4. Remove the lower car strut fasteners. Use a breaker bar and socket with a boxend wrench. Do not use air tools. They may shear fasteners. Reapply penetrating oil to stubborn fasteners. Separate the lower strut mounting from the wheel spindle bracket or knuckle.
  5. Remove remaining nut from the top of the strut tower. Remove old strut assembly. Avoid contact with CV axle or drive axle. They are easily damaged. Repeat procedure on the other side of vehicle.
  6. Place used assembly into spring compressor to relieve tension. Remove rod nut, bearing plate and old strut. Insert new strut inside spring ensuring proper alignment of spring coil and seat.


Head to Advance Auto Parts for the best auto struts and other quality auto parts required to successfully complete your maintenance tasks.