How to Remove the Struts on a 1984 Honda Accord

All cars require maintenance and servicing to keep them in tip-top condition. The 1984 Honda Accord is no exception. The struts are a vital component of the suspension system and ensure a smooth, bump-free ride. At times, it may be necessary to remove and replace the struts; frequency for replacement will depend on the age of the vehicle, the exposure to rough roads and personal driving style. Although removing the struts is a moderately challenging task, you can accomplish it in less than two hours using the proper tools.

Tools Used: Screwdriver set, Ratchet and socket set, Floor jack and jack stands, Lug nut wrench, Dot 3 brake fluid

Remove the Struts

Open the trunk and remove the cover over the strut retaining bolt. Use a screwdriver to pry it off.

Loosen the retaining bolts on the strut with a ratchet and remove the bolts.

Lift the rear of the vehicle with a floor jack and insert jack stands. Lower the vehicle down onto the jack stands.

Remove the rear wheels from the vehicle by removing the lug nuts with a lug nut wrench.

Loosen and remove the brake line that connects to the strut with a wrench. There may be a clip that holds the line to the strut -- if so, remove that as well.

Disconnect the stabilizer bar from the lower arm using a ratchet. Remove the parking brake cable. The cable is attached to the backing plate lever. Remove the hub carrier, lower arm bolts, and the radius rod nut using the properly sized ratchet and sockets.

Remove the hub carrier pivot bolt and strut retainer bolt with a ratchet. Pull the strut out of the vehicle.

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