So, you want
to change your struts but don't want to pay expensive labor? You've come
to the right place! Why throw away your hard earned money when you can do
in the guide is a Volvo 850, but any cars with MacPherson Struts will have
Equipments you need:
- It depends on your car, if you can get your hands on a set for both SAE and
metric that would be great!
- you need one to
properly torque the nuts back to specs. Borrow one or buy one on ebay, I
got one for $30 USD, not expensive considering all the things you can do with
Pipe Wrench or Volvo strut
- to grab hold of the struts and take off the cross shaped strut retaining nut.
- Some of the bolts will be on very tight or rusted.
Floor Jack and 2 Jack
- Never work on the car not
supported by jack stands, you're just looking for trouble if you do!
Quality Strut Spring
Compressors - Very
Important! The springs contain enough energy to kill you. You can
usually rent them at you local auto stores for a few days. With good
strong compressors this job is not as dangerous as it seems.
- get a manual for you car, Haynes is a good source for quality manuals.
New strut mounts
(2, Volvo part # 3546189)
The strut mounts I bought off FCP
Groton failed in another 50000kms. However, I do push the car into corners
much faster than most of the sane Volvo drivers would do, so your mileage will
probably be slightly better.
spring seats (2,
strut-to-steering knuckle nuts and bolts (4 ea. Nuts #
suspension strut upper mounting nuts (6,
According to FCP
Groton the part numbers are as follows:
948645 Strut Mount Lock Nut (6 req) $1.25 OEM Picture
965194 Bolts (4 req) $1.50 Genuine Volvo Picture
971099 Lock Nut for above bolt (4 req) $2.00
6 hours - if its your first time, it will take that long (or even longer,
if the bolts are rusted)
Buy your parts at
fcpgroton.com usually have the cheapest
prices for Volvo parts.
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