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How to Replace the Struts on a 2002 Impala

    • 1). Drive your Impala to a clear area where you can work on it out of traffic. For safety reasons, never work on your car, especially large projects like suspension rebuilds, on the side of the road. Best to perform this work in a garage or covered car port so that rain does not disturb your work. Place the Impala in park and engage the emergency brake so that the Impala does not shift when you start to jack it up.

    • 2). Jack up the Impala at all corners with a car jack. Once one corner is elevated, slide a jack stand under the frame and then remove the car jack to use on another corner. Remove all the tires with a wrench or the tire iron that came with the Impala. Locate the struts on the wheels. They will look like compressed springs held in place with hardware at the top and bottom.

    • 3). Remove the three bolts that anchor the top of the struts to the Impala's structure. Then, remove the bottom bolts that anchors the suspension struts to the knuckle that controls the orientation of the wheel. Pull the suspension struts out by hand and place them to the side. Place the new suspension struts into place by hand. Thread the bolts in by hand only halfway to make sure all the holes are aligned. It is easier to start at the bottom and then align the top. Once all the bolts are put in place, then wrench them all the way down. Make sure that you have performed all these actions on all the wheels.

    • 4). Reattach the wheels to the suspension at each corner. Make sure the lug nuts are tight and secure before sliding the car jack under the Impala. Jack the car up a little at one corner, remove that corner's jack stand and then lower that corner. Repeat this process for all the corners until the Impala is sitting on its wheels again.

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