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How to Install a Strut Assembly on a Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500

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Advantages of Monroe® Magnum® Loaded Strut Assembly

Designed to simplify the installation process, replace a failing strut with a complete strut assembly. An easier repair than just replacing the strut and reusing the coil spring, the job doesn’t require the use of a spring compressor. A Monroe Magnum Loaded Strut Assembly includes an upper strut mount, coil spring and strut in a single, fully assembled unit.

For hardworking half-ton trucks, the complete Monroe Magnum Loaded Strut Assembly features a variable rate coil spring that delivers a comfortable ride and maintains ride height for everyday driving or when under load. To learn how to install a Monroe Magnum Loaded Strut Assembly, check out the steps for installing part number 153027 for 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500.

Steps for Replacing a Loaded Strut Assembly

Step 1

Raise the vehicle and support the frame. Remove the front wheel.

Technician removing the front wheel from a vehicle on a lift

Step 2

Remove and save the lower two mounting bolts.

Technician removing the lower two mounting bolts

Step 3

Remove and save the upper mounting nuts.

Technician removing the upper mounting nuts

Step 4

Remove the strut assembly. You may need to disconnect the outer tie rod end from the steering knuckle for additional clearance.

Technician removing the strut assembly

Step 5

Insert the new strut assembly into the strut tower and loosely attach one upper mounting nut.

Technician inserting a new strut assembly

Step 6

Install the lower mounting bolts.

Technician installing the lower mounting bolts

Step 7

If the outer tie rod is disconnected, inspect and replace if necessary.

Technician replacing the outer tie rod

Step 8

Install tie rod end to steering knuckle and torque to manufacturer specifications.

Technician installing tie rod end to steering knuckle

Step 9

After installing the outer tie rod end nut, insert a cotter pin.

Technician inserting cotter pin

Step 10

Grease the new outer tie rod end if applicable.

Technician greasing a new outer tie rod end

Step 11

Torque lower mounting bolts to manufacturer specifications.

Technician torquing lower mounting bolts

Step 12

Load the suspension and then tighten the upper mounting nuts to manufacturer specifications.

Technician loading the suspension and tightening upper mounting nuts

Step 13

Replace the wheel.

Technician replacing a wheel on a vehicle which is up on a lift

Step 14

Lower the vehicle and torque the wheel lug nuts to manufacturer specifications.

Technician torquing the wheel lug nuts

Step 15

Perform this process on the other side. Check the vehicle’s alignment and make any necessary adjustments.


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