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► Repairing the Alternator - Honda Civic
► Repairing the Brake Pads - Honda Civic
► Repairing the Brake Rotor Disc
► Repairing the Distributor - Honda Civic
► Repairing the Front Hub Bearing
► Repairing the Fuel Filter - Honda Civic
► Repairing the PCV Valve - Honda Civic
► Repairing the Radiator - Honda Civic
► Repairing the Speed Sensor - Honda
► Repairing the Starter - Honda Civic
► Repairing the Thermostat - Honda Civic
► Replacing Exhaust Pipe Gasket
► Replacing Front Rear Shocks - Honda
► Replacing the CYP Sensor - Honda
► Replacing the Fuel Pump - Honda Civic
► Replacing the Oxygen Sensor - Honda
► Saving Gas - Honda Civic
► Stolen Car and Kill Switches - Honda
► Trouble Codes (MIL / CEL) - Honda Civic
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Engine Oil ChangeBrake Pad ReplacementBrake Disc Replacement
Axle ReplacementHead Light Bulb ReplacementSide Door Window Replacement
Alternator ReplacementBattery ReplacementTransmission Clutch Replacement
Front Hub Bearing ReplacementStarter ReplacementFuel Filter Replacement

Replacing Front Rear Shocks - Honda

The other week, I had finally given up on trying to tolerate the bumpy ride every time I rolled over small cracks and pot-holes along the highway. It seemed as if I could feel every inch of uneven ground in every street.

The adjustable modes from hard to soft on my performance shocks just couldn't help me anymore either. Needless to say, it became a painful experience for my rear end everywhere I drove.





New and old shock comparison - Honda Civic



So, finally I did a little research and decided to take on the task of replacing both front and rear shocks for the first time.

Rather than keeping the original springs and having to take the extra time to take apart the whole assembly shocks and buying additional tools, I decided to just buy the complete shock assembly for convenience and safety.

The ability to push, adjust, and hold heavy metal frames in steady positions are necessary to accomplish this task. A jack can be useful when lifting power is required but the opposite force of direction is also often necessary.

Fortunately, Irwin makes a great 12" clamping tool called the quick-grip SL300 that can be used for more than just squeezing and holding parts together but can also be reversed to provide a pushing-apart functionality. This worked great when I needed to hold the rear wheel assembly down while I used a regular jack for opposite resistance.





Irwin quick-grip clamp - Honda Civic





This job would have been painless and easy to complete, but the most difficult job was always the challenge of returning the long flange bolts through the rear frames. But using a steel rod and a hammer helped to remove the long bolts and assisted in aligning the entry holes for the bolts.

And another thing I learned was not to hammer and force the bolts out after it cleared the threads. Otherwise, I risked damaging the threads on the bolt. It's important to adjust the alignment of the holes accordingly to reduce the uneven pressure of weight and allow the bolt to fit easily through.





Shock Replacement tools - Honda Civic



Here's how I replaced the front shocks:

1. Loosened the lug nuts for the wheel
(didn't remove)
2. Lifted the front end of the car until the wheel was off the ground. Used a jack and jackstands to secure the car. Placed a block of wood behind the rear wheels for added security.
3. Removed the lug nuts (19mm) from the wheel and removed the wheel.





New and old shock comparison - Honda Civic



4. Removed the Brake Line Support bolt.
5. Removed the Damper Fork Bolt
6. Removed the top Strut bolts
7. Removed the Damper Pinch Bolt

8. Took note of the direction and position of old Strut and removed the old Strut from the Damper Fork.
9. Removed the Old Strut and replaced with new Strut in the same position.

10. Tightened the Damper Pinch Bolt according to specs.
11. Tightened the top Strut bolts according to specs.
12. Used the Irwin Quick-Grip and a jack to align the hole for the Damper Fork bolt.
13. Tightened the Damper Fork Bolt according to specs.
14. Tightened the Brake Line Support bolt according to specs.





New and old shock comparison - Honda Civic



15. Returned the wheel and secured with lug nuts (80 lbs.ft).
16. Lowered the car back down.


Here's how I replaced the rear shocks:

1. Loosened the lug nuts for the wheel
(didn't remove)
2. Lifted the rear end of the car until the wheel was off the ground. Used a jack and jackstands to secure the car. Placed a block of wood behind the other rear wheels for added security.
3. Removed the lug nuts (19mm) from the wheel and removed the wheel.





New and old shock comparison - Honda Civic



4. Removed the Damper Fork Bolt
5. Removed the Trailer Arm Bolt.
6. Removed the top Strut bolts

7. Took note of the direction and position of old Strut and removed the old strut from the Damper Fork.
8. Removed the Old Strut and replaced with new Strut in the same position.





New and old shock comparison - Honda Civic



9. Tightened the top Strut bolts according to specs.
10. Used the Irwin Quick-Grip and a jack to align the hole for the Strut bolt.
11. Tightened the Rear Strut Bolt according to specs.
12. Aligned the hole for the Trailing Arm bolt.
13. Tightened the Trailing Arm bolt according to specs.

14. Returned the wheel and secured with lug nuts (80 lbs.ft).
15. Lowered the car back down.

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