Go Back   Club Lexus Forums > Lexus Model Forums > LS Models > LS430
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

How I replaced the front struts on my 04 base model LS430

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-18-14, 07:02 PM   #1
rkw77080
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 200
Default How I replaced the front struts on my 04 base model LS430

Here is a quick write-up on how I replaced the front struts on my 04 base model LS430.

Step 1: Put the car on jack stands and remove the front wheels.
This ad is not displayed to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Club Lexus!
Attached Images
 
rkw77080 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-14, 07:05 PM   #2
rkw77080
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 200
Default

Step 2: Locate the sway bar linkage. Remove the nut and washer, and pull out the bolt.
Attached Images
 
rkw77080 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-14, 07:10 PM   #3
rkw77080
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 200
Default

Step 3: Pull out the locking pin and loosen the castle nut. Use a ball joint separator to separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle. My local AutoZone loan me this ball joint separator free of charge.
Attached Images
 
rkw77080 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-14, 07:11 PM   #4
rkw77080
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 200
Default

Step 4: Detach the wire clip on the upper control arm. This will allow you to swing the steering knuckle out of the way.
Attached Images
 
rkw77080 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-14, 07:16 PM   #5
rkw77080
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 200
Default

Step 5: Swing the steering knuckle out of the way. With the upper control arm and the sway bar linkage disconnected, the steering knuckle can be pushed downward to make room for the removal of the strut/spring assembly.
Attached Images
 
rkw77080 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-14, 07:18 PM   #6
rkw77080
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 200
Default

Step 6: Loosen the top strut lock nut by 3-4 turns. Do not remove this lock nut completely.
Attached Images
 
rkw77080 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-14, 07:20 PM   #7
rkw77080
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 200
Default

Step 7: Remove the bottom strut nut.
Attached Images
 
rkw77080 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-14, 07:21 PM   #8
rkw77080
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 200
Default

Step 8: Remove the 3 nuts on the top strut mount.
Attached Images
 
rkw77080 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-14, 07:28 PM   #9
rkw77080
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 200
Default

Step 9: Remove strut/spring assembly from the car and attach the spring compressor. My local AutoZone loan me these spring compressors free of charge. Working with a compressed spring is very dangerous - so proceed at your own risk!
Attached Images
 
rkw77080 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-14, 07:33 PM   #10
rkw77080
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 200
Default

Step 10: Compress the spring until it is free from the seat on the strut. Remove the top strut lock nut and disassemble the strut mount from the strut and spring.
Attached Images
 
rkw77080 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-14, 07:37 PM   #11
rkw77080
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 200
Default

Steps 11/12: If you are replacing the top strut mount (highly recommended), be sure the transfer the location where the spring ends to your new strut mount. This is the location where the spring made an indentation on the rubber isolator. This will ensure proper bolt alignments.
Attached Images
 

Last edited by rkw77080; 07-18-14 at 08:04 PM..
rkw77080 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-14, 07:43 PM   #12
rkw77080
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 200
Default

Step 13: Put everything back in reverse order. Temporarily install the top lock nut, but do not torque down yet. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the new strut, so the one shown here is the old strut.
Attached Images
 

Last edited by rkw77080; 07-18-14 at 07:49 PM..
rkw77080 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-14, 07:45 PM   #13
rkw77080
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 200
Default

Step 14: Re-install strut/spring assembly on car and temporarily install the 3 strut mount nuts.
Attached Images
 

Last edited by rkw77080; 07-18-14 at 07:48 PM..
rkw77080 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-14, 07:47 PM   #14
rkw77080
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 200
Default

Step 15: Temporarily install bottom strut bolt and nut.
Attached Images
 
rkw77080 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-14, 07:50 PM   #15
rkw77080
Pole Position
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 200
Default

Step 16: Re-install castle nut and torque to 64 ft-lbf.
Attached Images
 
rkw77080 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-14, 07:50 PM
 
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How I replaced the rear struts on my 04 base model LS430 rkw77080 LS430 28 11-11-14 12:49 PM
ALL 01-06 struts the same? kenTHUNDER LS430 2 09-02-14 10:19 PM
How I replaced the rear wheel bearing hub on my 04 base model LS430 rkw77080 LS430 12 07-20-14 04:10 PM
2004 Lexus LS 430 Struts/Shocks singernak LS430 6 05-25-12 08:50 PM
2001 LS 430 Trunk Strut Replacement FLAGator LS430 9 04-11-08 06:48 AM


Tags
front, shocks, spring, struts

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:14 AM.

Join ClubLexus
Advertising


Copyright © 2000-2008 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | JOBS


Get all contact info