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#3386817 - 06/02/14 08:52 AM Re: How hard is it to install Quick Struts [Re: Vibe_2007]
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Front struts are about as easy as an oil change.
Rear struts are more difficult because you have to take apart the interior of the car.

It is not difficult to do this, but you will need a breaker bar.

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#3386833 - 06/02/14 09:09 AM Re: How hard is it to install Quick Struts [Re: Vibe_2007]
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I found my corded electric impact is useful for the pinch bolts, I had to go back and forth a few times to get them free. Other than that its pretty simple.
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#3387225 - 06/02/14 06:32 PM Re: How hard is it to install Quick Struts [Re: zzyzzx]
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Originally Posted By: zzyzzx
Front struts are about as easy as an oil change.
Rear struts are more difficult because you have to take apart the interior of the car.

It is not difficult to do this, but you will need a breaker bar.


I thought you only needed to remove the rear seat in sedans like the Corolla.

The OP has a Vibe. Aren't wagons usually easier in this regard?

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#3387358 - 06/02/14 09:18 PM Re: How hard is it to install Quick Struts [Re: tommygunn]
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Originally Posted By: tommygunn
Originally Posted By: zzyzzx
Front struts are about as easy as an oil change.
Rear struts are more difficult because you have to take apart the interior of the car.

It is not difficult to do this, but you will need a breaker bar.


I thought you only needed to remove the rear seat in sedans like the Corolla.

The OP has a Vibe. Aren't wagons usually easier in this regard?


In his case, he may only have to remove some interior trim near the back seat. It is easy to do, but if you lose one bolt or nut, it will land somewhere where you can't see it, and would need a flexible magnet to recover it.

If you do everything by the basic instructions, quick struts take very little work to install. You will need an alignment because the bolt holes in the strut allow a little bit of movement for alignment, plus the old struts are usually bent by the time they need replacement.
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#3387648 - 06/03/14 08:18 AM Re: How hard is it to install Quick Struts [Re: Vibe_2007]
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Thank you for the excellent replies. You all have been extremely helpful. Just starting to tear out the trim pieces in the back today to get to everything. Those little plastic fasteners are already falling down into hard to reach places. ha!

Forgot to buy a torque wrench, so I'll need to get one soon.

I will say that the front struts are going to be a lot easier to replace than I thought.
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#3387708 - 06/03/14 09:43 AM Re: How hard is it to install Quick Struts [Re: tommygunn]
zzyzzx Offline


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Originally Posted By: tommygunn
Originally Posted By: zzyzzx
Front struts are about as easy as an oil change.
Rear struts are more difficult because you have to take apart the interior of the car.

It is not difficult to do this, but you will need a breaker bar.


I thought you only needed to remove the rear seat in sedans like the Corolla.

The OP has a Vibe. Aren't wagons usually easier in this regard?


Rear seats are usually easy enough to remove, at least in a Camry they are. In my Escort I don't have to remove the rear seats to replace the struts, and this is how it is on most cars.

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#3388772 - 06/04/14 02:44 PM Re: How hard is it to install Quick Struts [Re: zzyzzx]
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Originally Posted By: zzyzzx


Rear seats are usually easy enough to remove, at least in a Camry they are. In my Escort I don't have to remove the rear seats to replace the struts, and this is how it is on most cars.


Isn't your Escort a wagon though?

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#3389498 - 06/05/14 08:28 AM Re: How hard is it to install Quick Struts [Re: tommygunn]
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Originally Posted By: tommygunn
Originally Posted By: zzyzzx


Rear seats are usually easy enough to remove, at least in a Camry they are. In my Escort I don't have to remove the rear seats to replace the struts, and this is how it is on most cars.


Isn't your Escort a wagon though?

I'd think most sedans have access to the strut tops through the trunk. The Neon did anyways. Wagons and hatchbacks are more of a pain as you have to be careful with the interior to get at the strut tops.
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#3391074 - 06/06/14 09:01 PM Re: How hard is it to install Quick Struts [Re: IndyIan]
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Originally Posted By: IndyIan
Originally Posted By: tommygunn
Originally Posted By: zzyzzx


Rear seats are usually easy enough to remove, at least in a Camry they are. In my Escort I don't have to remove the rear seats to replace the struts, and this is how it is on most cars.


Isn't your Escort a wagon though?

I'd think most sedans have access to the strut tops through the trunk. The Neon did anyways. Wagons and hatchbacks are more of a pain as you have to be careful with the interior to get at the strut tops.

The Toyota Camry and variants require removal of the back seat, and so do variants of the Nissan Maxima. Those cars are extremely common, so it wouldn't surprise me if people thought removing the back seats were required for rear strut replacement in a sedan.
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#3395598 - 06/12/14 11:42 AM Re: How hard is it to install Quick Struts [Re: Vibe_2007]
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Registered: 03/03/11
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Loc: Sioux Falls, SD
UPDATE:

I finished the job and it wasn't too bad. Definitely not something I'd like to on a routine basis for sure. :-(

1. The steering stabilizer bar links had to be cut off with a grinder. Allen wrench fitting on the old one and it became deformed easily. Replaced them both at an additional cost of 130. New design uses bolts you can put a socket on, not Allen heads.

2. Busted off one strut tower nut quite easily. The spec per shop manual is 29lbs. I did it to 25lbs after hearing they were easily sheared and sure enough, it broke off. I googled this and it seems to be common enough that I found lots of others who have had this happen to them.

Over all, kind of a pain, but worth it to save myself a few hundred. The alignment went pretty well and had to have a shim installed to align the rear.


Edited by Vibe_2007 (06/12/14 11:45 AM)
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