How to Replace Your Honda's Shock Absorbers

Most Hondas come with struts in the front, and shocks in the rear. Struts are an assembly that includes the spring and shock. They are more challenging to replace. Replacing the shocks on the rear of your car may sound a bit intimidating, but it’s actually not as bad as it seems. It’s a project you can pull off at home in about an hour or so.

Buying Replacement Shock Absorbers

It’s important to mention that your shocks should be replaced in pairs. If one shock is bad, the other is likely to be going bad. Luckily, OEM replacement shock absorbers are quite affordable. Especially if you purchase them from a reputable online seller like Honda Genuine Parts & Accessories.

Honda suspensionImage Credit: Motor Trader

We strongly recommend getting OEM replacement shocks. There are a variety of reasons, which are listed here. In a nutshell, OEM is the safer and more affordable option.

Once you get your replacement shocks, it’s time to get ready for the project.

Preparing for the Project

A day or two before you start the job, take a few moments to spray the top and bottom mounting bolts with penetrating oil. This will make the job easier.

You'll need a socket wrench and a few appropriately sized sockets. You also should have a torque wrench to tighten the nuts after you put the shocks on.

Next, safely lift your Honda vehicle and put it on jack stands. Then remove both of your vehicle’s rear wheels. Behind the brake rotor, you’ll see the shock absorber.

Removing and Replacing the Shock Absorbers in 6 Steps

Before we start, we want to mention that this set of instructions is based on the Honda Odyssey. But the steps are pretty similar across all Honda models.

  1. Locate the nut at the top of the shock absorber. Loosen it, but do not take it all the way off yet.
  2. Remove the nut and bolt at the bottom of the shock absorber. You may need to hammer out the bolt.
  3. Then remove the nut at the top of the shock.
  4. Remove the shock absorber from the vehicle.
  5. Reverse the procedure to install the new shock absorber.
  6. Use a torque wrench to tighten the fasteners.
  7. Repeat the process with the shock on the other side.

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