My friend's Corolla is in need of a repair to the rear suspension. I don't have any auto mechanic experience, but I am pretty handy with mechanical stuff in general. Is it realistic that I could replace the rear struts myself, and if so, what tools would I need to do it? It sounds like I need to remove the tires, disassemble the suspension, replace the struts and reassemble everything, which doesn't sound all too difficult. Would I be getting in over my head?
What tools would I need to replace the rear struts on a Toyota Corolla? on 2002 Toyota Corolla
by Visitor in Bozeman, MT on June 10, 2010
ANSWER by patrick mannion , June 10, 2010
Remove the rear seats the top bolts are 14mm head, (x3), don't open center (19mm?) nut, separate ABS sensor mount from strut (10mm wrench) undo brake line (14mm I think, also need pliers to undo spring clip). two large bolts go through rear hub/suspension strut either 19mm,21mm or 22mm), bring the strut assembly to a tire store or auto machine shop. Goodyear type place get them to use a spring compressor to mount the new struts for you reassemble and bleed the brakes.
ANSWER by Visitor , July 23, 2010
go to Erazo auto services inc 5818 w fullerton chicago il. theydid mine andthey did a good job...donefor less than quoted everywhere else.