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the ride on my 2003 Sorento LX has been mush for a little while and its time to fix it. I've got the Struts and Shocks in the garage and I'm going to swap them out next week. I've done this on the Subaru Impreza WRX that I used to own so I feel confident enough to do it. I'd just like to see if anyone has any step-by-step instructions (and with photos) before I have a go at it.

Thanks in advance. If no one has any pictures, I'll have a go at it any way and I'll try to document for anyone after me.

oh, I did search around this forum and the diy forum with no luck.

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The rear are just unbolt the old and fit the new...the front you need a good spring compressor (pair of ..one each side of the spring ) that you fit before you take the springs off ...jack up under he bottom suspension arm and remove the wheel...then jack up a couple of inches more and fit the spring compressors.. with a jack under the front suspension cross member release the jack under the suspension arm and it should all go loose so you can unbolt it all.........dont put your fingers anywhere they could get chopped off if anything slips......ha ha

while you are about it I see you have a 2003 ..please look in the extreeme rear of the trunk at the vents bottom left and right and tell us if they are fake or have holes through them to the outside ??? you will make 14sorentoLX so happy

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rear sounds easy enough. Front doesn't sound bad either, but I'm a little confused. On my WRX I pulled out the whole spring+strut+tophat assembly and then took that apart to remove the springs. Is that not the case here? I guess I should go take a look at the new struts I've got in the garage. Should give me an idea of what i'm looking at. From your description, it sounds like I need to compress the spring while its still on the car. yes/no?

oh, I do have spring compressors. safety first.
oh.2, I'll also take a look for the vents. not really sure what you're talking about, but I'll have a look. its USDM spec so there may be some differences. Are these vents visible without the car being jacked up?

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I know what you mean by your confused. But Pistonbroke gave you a very good explaination. Just you have to stop thinking of the fronts as STRUTS. They are really not like you have in your Subaru or many other FWD and fewer RWD vechs. They really coils over shock design suspensions. Much like the rear shocks. The springs thou rest on the top arm and the bottom arm and the shocks goes thru the center. Not like on a strut. They do not turn either jsut like the rears. UNLIKE a strut. Pistons post was spot on for that type of thing. Both systems are dangerous for sure from coil spring tension ejections. But ours is far easlier/faster to do then a strut, you will find once the spring/tension is neutalized. No different really then rear coil replacement. Just the shock is in the center of it not outside it.
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ahhh, makes sense now. I had thought that they were struts as that's what the store I bought them from was calling them vs. shocks in the back.

I'm going to get started on this in the next hour or so. I'll report back when I'm done.
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ahhh, makes sense now. I had thought that they were struts as that's what the store I bought them from was calling them vs. shocks in the back.

I'm going to get started on this in the next hour or so. I'll report back when I'm done.
I can see why. Sometimes if the units are listed as just plain old school Oil Hydro units they are called shocks in the books and data ports. But when they say GAS then they list them as Struts. Might be the rears and fronts are old oil shocks OEM. But the rears stay oil and the fronts upgrade and are only aval in gas aftermarket. I hope you got gas all around if they were listed for it? I have had good luck in past with MONROE REFLEX. And SENSATRAC. Have not need them yet on the Sorento. Still under OEM warrenty.
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