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How to Install a Strut Assembly on a Chevrolet/GMC SUV

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Strut Basics

A key part of your vehicle's suspension system, struts help keep your vehicle’s tires in contact with the road to maintain a high level of steering, stopping and stability. Struts not only perform a damping function but they also provide structural support for the suspension, support the spring, and hold the tire in an aligned position.

Replacing a failing strut with a complete strut assembly is an easier repair than just replacing the strut and reusing the coil spring. Including an upper strut mount, coil spring and strut in a single, fully assembled unit, installing a Monroe® Quick-Strut® assembly doesn’t require a spring compressor. Featuring vehicle-specific design, Monroe Quick-Strut strut assemblies are fit checked, ride tested and engineered to restore factory ride height and ride performance.

To learn how to install a Monroe Quick-Strut complete strut assembly, check out the steps for installing part number 172518 for 2009-2012 Chevrolet Traverse, 2008-2012 Buick Enclave, 2007-2012 GMC Acadia, and 2007-2010 Saturn Outlook.

Steps for Replacing a Front Strut Assembly

Step 1

Remove the air inlet grille panel, wiper blades and wiper blade arms.

Removing vehicle air inlet grille

Step 2

Remove and save the remote battery ground stud.

Removing vehicle battery ground stud

Step 3

Remove all but one of the upper mounting nuts, keeping the last one loose.

Removing strut assembly upper mounting nuts

Step 4

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

Removing vehicle tire

Step 5

Remove the stabilizer link and wheel speed sensor wiring harness from the strut.

Removing stabilizer link wiring harness

Step 6

Remove and save lower mounting nuts and bolts.

Removing strut lower mounting nuts

Step 7

Separate the strut clevis from the steering knuckle and safely support the steering knuckles out of the way.

Separating strut assembly clevis

Step 8

While supporting the strut assembly, remove the last mounting nut and remove the assembly from the vehicle.

Removing strut assembly from vehicle

Step 9

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

Inserting new strut assembly in vehicle

Step 10

Install lower mounting nuts and bolts and torque to manufacturer specifications.

Installing strut assembly lower mounting nuts

Step 11

Attach stabilizer link to strut and torque nut to manufacturer specifications.

Attaching Stabilizer Link to Strut Assembly and Torquing to Spec

Step 12

Reconnect the wheel speed sensor wiring harness to the strut.

Reconnecting wheel speed sensor harness to strut

Step 13

Put the wheel on and lower the vehicle. Torque to manufacturer specifications.

Putting wheel back on vehicle

Step 14

Install the remaining upper mounting nuts and torque to manufacturer specifications.

Installing remaining strut assembly upper mounting nuts

Step 15

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

Step 16

Reinstall the air inlet grille panel, wiper blades and wiper blade arms.

Reinstalling vehicle air inlet grille

Step 17

Reinstall the remote battery ground stud.

Reinstalling vehicle battery ground stud

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