How to change Front Struts on Mitsubishi vehicles
This article will give a general overview of how to replace front struts on your Mitsubishi. These instructions will help you learn how to replace front struts on Mitsubishi Lancer, Outlander, Mirage, Galant, Eclipse and other models.
The strut is a combination of a spring and a shock absorber in one assembly. It suspends the weight of the vehicle and limits the suspension travel rate, preventing excessive body roll.
As with any other car component, there are several things that can go wrong with the struts. If experiencing clunking or popping sound going over bumps, you may have a broken spring or a bad shock absorber.
Next, the mounts with bearings themselves go bad, cause grinding noises when turning the steering wheel.
Lastly, the strut mount itself being loose or the rubber being worn out will allow the strut to move around and make noise. Whatever the reason, struts should always be replaced in pairs, as they endure the same amount of abuse on each side. This means that if one has failed, the other side is not far behind.
What you will need
Replacing the strut assembly on your Mitsubishi:
Remove the center cap or a hubcap covering the lug nuts from your wheels. Get loose the wheel lugs nuts with the appropriate socket and a breaker bar. Make sure the tire is still on the ground at this point, as this will prevent wheel from spinning.
Raise and support your vehicle. This can easily be done with a jack and jack stands.
Remove the wheel lugs off once the vehicle is raised and supported. Make sure when removing the last lug you keep a hand on the wheel and tire then remove them.
On most Mitsubishi’s, front struts are attached with two bolts going through the spindle. Undo these bolts at the front and knock our strut back and off of the spindle.
Keep an eye out for sensors and hoses which may be connected to the strut, as well as for sway bar links. All of these need to be removed.
Sway bar links need to be fixed into place with a pair of small vise grips or allen wrench, as this will keep the stud from turning while you remove the nut on the outside. Be careful not to damage the link, but you do want to make sure you have a good enough grip that it is not going to let the stud spin.
Remove the bolts holding the strut onto the spindle. Once the nuts are off, shake the spindle back and forth while pulling on the bolt to release it.
The top of the strut is secured with studs coming up and a nut securing it to the strut tower on the vehicle. Always pay attention on any marks or braces, as these will have to be reinstalled in the same location with a new part.
While supporting the strut, undo the nuts strut tower nuts. Once that all nuts are out, remove the strut from the vehicle.
When reinstalling a new strut, pay attention on direction, as they might not be symmetrical.
Line the strut up with the holes, install any braces or other parts that were there when we started and tighten the hardware in reverse order.
While torque specifications vary with each vehicle type, you may refer to following figures:
strut-to-spindle bolts: 80-100 lb-ft
strut-tower-bolts: 30 lb-ft
sway-bar-link: 35 lb-ft
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