This is a DIY on a 2000 Toyota Camry - Removing and Replacing Front Struts , Strut Mounts and Sway Bar Links .
If your gonna remove the struts you might as well replace the sway bar links and strut mounts at the same time .
Make sure you use the proper tools - for example use spring compressor to ensure no injury .
Make sure you use jack stands .
As you can see those are the original struts and strut mounts , The dot on the strut mounts indicates the way that the high point should be facing when replacing the old ones with the new ones .
Remove the brake line then there is a ABS wire that you carefully unclip from the strut , then from there you remove the sway bar link .
Then with a impact wrench you can loosen the bolts that hold the strut to the spindle . Do not remove the bolts out completely .
Remember if you do not have a dot to mark the area either scratch a mark or with some kind of paint pen put a mark there , so that if your using the old strut mounts you know how they should be facing when you install them or when you install the new ones you know where to mark those , This is very important because there on angle and you can put them back wrong .
In this photo above I etched the bottom part of the base that is under the strut mount and you will be reusing that , they must both be facing the same way .
Then by using the spring compressor to remove the old spring , Compress the spring then remove the center bolt holding the strut then putting the old spring on the new strut still compressed then putting the bump stops and the dust cover back on before installing the top plate and strut mount , Again etching the strut plate and mount facing towards the same direction as the bottom bolts then you can tighten center nut then release the spring .
As you can notice the mount has a angle .
Then you can install the new strut the same way you removed the old ones . In many situations you do not need a alignment because you aren't removing the outer tie rod but it is best you do a alignment due to camber reasons or at least have it checked out .
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