How to replace Ford F150 strut assemblies safely, and properly. Ford F150 strut assemblies wear out over time. It’s typically recommended you have your shocks & struts professionally inspected every fifty thousand miles. The stability, steering and braking ability of your vehicle are negatively affected by worn-out shocks and struts. Since strut assemblies wear out gradually over time, it can be really difficult to notice the deterioration in their performance. Replacing 04-14 Ford F150 strut assemblies is a straightforward procedure we will demonstrate in this video.
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Hey everybody, Chris here from O’Reilly Auto Parts to show you how to change the strut assemblies on your vehicle. Before I get too far into it, I want to give you the opportunity to subscribe to our channel, which features other DIY and product videos.
Today, I’ll be installing a complete, Master Pro strut assembly, which is a single, self-contained unit that includes all the components. I’ll be working on this 2013 Ford F150, but procedures will vary from one vehicle to the next, so be sure to know the specifics for your vehicle before getting started. If you’re not completely comfortable doing this yourself, we’d be happy to recommend a professional technician in your area.
It’s typically recommended you have your shocks & struts professionally inspected every fifty thousand miles. The stability, steering and braking ability of your vehicle are negatively affected by worn-out shocks and struts. Since they wear out gradually over time, it can be really difficult to notice the deterioration in their performance.
A couple quick tips before you get started:
We recommend you replace the nuts and bolts that secure your suspension when you replace the strut assemblies.
The nuts used on these Ford trucks are secured with a nylon locking insert that’s no longer functional once you remove them.
You’ll want to use a thread-locker recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer when replacing them.
Blue, medium-strength thread-locker is designed to secure fasteners but also to allow for removal with hand tools later.
Once you’ve decided to tackle the job, get your materials together, and here’s what you’ll do:
We’ll start today by jacking up the vehicle and removing the front wheels.
It is EXTREMELY important to make sure you place your jack stands in the manufacturer-specified locations for this job.
There should be no pressure on the strut assembly or suspension AT ALL when you go to remove the assembly.
Pressure on the strut assembly will leave it spring-loaded, which can cause serious injury or death.
Once you’ve determined the manufacturer’s support point for your jack stands, please see our video on how to safely lift and support your vehicle before getting started.
Make sure the vehicle is parked on a level, solid surface.
Put the transmission in park, or in gear if it’s a manual, and set the parking brake.
Chock the rear wheels with wheel chocks in front of… and behind the tires. Don’t use any rocks, bricks or wood that could slide or crumble.
Set the jack stands, one at a time, under the manufacturer’s recommended support point… and slowly lower the vehicle onto them.
You can position the jack for added support under the vehicle as long as it puts NO pressure on your suspension.
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