Thursday, February 26, 2015

DIY Removing & Replacing Rear Struts 2000 Toyota Camry

This is a DIY for rear struts on a 2000 Toyota Camry

First you have to remove the bottom portion of the rear seat and then remove the side corners ONLY if you have fold down seats . If you DO NOT have fold down seats you have to remove the entire back seat . This is how you get to the rear strut mounts .

Remove the bolt for the brake line and the rear ABS wire .
Then from there you loosen the strut bottom bolts only removing the nuts
Then remove the rear sway bar links
Once you remove everything above in the photos either place the tire or a block and this is to prevent the rear drum to drop and ripping apart the ABS wire cause the drum will go to almost near the floor . One you secure that then you can remove the bolts that hold the bottom strut

 Then from there you can remove the top nuts for the strut mount and then the strut will drop on the support rear area .

What I found out about this DIY is that the rear springs aren't as difficult to remove with out a spring compressor tool . But if you don't feel safe use one . In my situation I didn't need one and when I put the spring on the new strut I hand pushed it down to put the top nut on .
Remember if using the old strut mounts that the painted point faces towards the direction as the bolts would go in on the bottom of the strut
In the last photo you will see a big fat spacer that needs to go on before the nut goes on the top of the strut .


 Once you have the spring secured on your new rear strut then you can reverse the way you took it off and start putting your struts back .
In my case I replaced the sway bar links .

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