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In this video I bring you along as we swap out the front struts on this '07 Subaru Forester.
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50 thoughts on “Replace: front struts subaru forester”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ALDO says:

    I have a question. Last week, I bought some struts from an online
    company. One of the struts do not match the original strut.
    The strut mount three bolt pattern does not match where the strut is
    installed. The company is suggesting that I put it in and than try to
    turn it (upper strut plate) as hard as I can. I have built many strut
    assemblies in the past. I know if I use a coil spring compressor, I can
    turn it somewhat and than tighten it, but I do NOT have a spring
    compressor. The coils are very close to each other. So I truly find this
    idea crazy. I thought the whole point of buying a strut assembly is to
    get that "out of the box experience" where I can go from the box to the
    car without buying tools or making any modifications. My concern is if I
    try to do it this way, I will get the strut assembly dirty, oily and
    scratched and if I do not succeed, than I am stuck with this strut and
    unable to return. It appears that the strut mount cannot be turned. It
    is very tight. The bolt pattern is different than the old one. Its
    clear to me it came like that from the factory. If I turn the strut mount a
    little, than it would work. Any thoughts? Merchant
    refuses to return my money. Any thoughts?

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vernon Bruce says:

    Your daughter is so cute. Nice family Eric. Enjoy watching your videos.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars paul joey says:

    I would have used the impact on the center bolt off camera. I'm sure u did. Your a great mechanic

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars paul joey says:

    Or buy redi-struts

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Casey Powell says:

    That's to sweet!!!!!!

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Duncan Otema says:

    Please protect your hands while you work. There are no spares available for your hands. Great video.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scotsman of New England says:

    Good Video and very informative. Mark the lower bolts so they go back in the same position. I would put a small piece of small thickness wood under the strut so you don’t rip the boot on the axle. Thanks

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Graumann says:

    Super cute daughter? She knows how to ham it up! Prior to finding YT Videos on strut removal I did it both ways 1st took whole unit to an alignment shop and they did the spring compression for me 2nd time rented the tool from auto parts shop and did the forcing screw thing which was nerve racking but had a he'll of a time tightening the large nut with the Allen key hole in strut rod., had no impact etc., thought about buying a pass thru socket set but didn't so used the $ saved to take to shop where they just impacted the nut on, don't think the strut shaft got turned and damaged but it did cross my mind as was sure Allen socket must be there for a reason! It was for Subaru rear struts. Thanks for the excellent videos your electronics diagnosis videos are very instructional! I can diagnose simple electronic problems and can read auto diagrams but have not made the leap into serious scan/ OBD2 code diagnosis. All your Subaru content much appreciated. Your rear wheel bearing video……yikes, will not do anytime soon that long rusted bolt looks real hairy !

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars savoi elvis says:

    We get a sweet bonus at the end of the video…..thx for learning us 🙂

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lee Moore says:

    I would want to cut the handle of that wrench so it fits inside the machine and you don't have to keep repositioning

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dale Radder says:

    Subaru after 100000 miles they become money pits. I'll never own one again.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Swellguy says:

    Good video. Would be better if not using unusual press.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Conceded war says:

    my dad and i did this growing up with spring compressors from harbor freight. works great and even had a built in safety made out of aircraft cable.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Manhar Patel says:

    You are bless with super cute daughter. Great video sir. I will be doing mine next week. ordered parts.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Autistic Conservative says:

    Nice!

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sergio Jimenez says:

    She’s so cute! 😁

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars B Souza says:

    The strut is under compression and is very dangerous if you don’t have the correct machine. Be safe everyone

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steed_Digital says:

    Just did 4 struts on my subie did 4 on my celica too all with the 2 set of 'mcpherson strut spring compressor's and it scares the shit out of me every time. Struts are so simple to work on but deceptively dangerous.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alan says:

    What a great kid! You’re ok too Eric Thomas, 😂

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rav-videos says:

    Like father like daughter how cute.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Wood says:

    Other option is purchase complete strut Assembly with spring and new upper bearing

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Perky Pat says:

    Great video thanks. I'm considering changing all 4 struts and springs on my forester. What do you think about keeping the existing rubber insulators and strut mounts?

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Warren Wright says:

    WHERE CAN I FIND THAT SOCKET WRENCH FOR THE STRUT TOPS?

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paublus Americanus AMERICANUS says:

    If I had you and SMA here that is one thing, but these shops seem like Used car salesmen. You run into the good ones but it's a minefield.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Bill Malec says:

    Talking about helping the DIYer, hey you're making something instead of nothing. Eye doctor here and I here other doctors say they don't take walk ins. I'm like, suppose you're walking down the street and someone asks to give you $100, are you gonna say no because they don't have an appointment? They tend to catch the drift then.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jorge May says:

    Thanks for instructing us , and warning us also of the dangers . Take care , and also of your Family.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars darkknightjpw says:

    I was dumb enough to slowly decompress the spring then head to mineki to have them put my new cartridge in

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Scott says:

    You explain it very weell. Your right how dangerous it is changing the coil springs at home. I have done it that way and whole way. All put together. Good job Kennedy. Your a cute one.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shawn Berg says:

    Yeah, yeah I know this video is over 5 years old…but for those DIY'ers who find themselves here, look into "quick-struts". Most OEMs and aftermarket offer the whole strut assembly new that includes a new strut bearing, coil spring, etc. No need to compress and face that danger. They cost a little more but make it so much easier to do yourself at home.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Donnie Robertson says:

    Great job again and video

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Donnie Robertson says:

    Second time watching 6/23/2020

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ScW4grow says:

    great job, Thanks for your work!

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars K W says:

    i tried to pick up my phone…then i realized, i dont have a home phone, then i realized, its from the video.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stephen Mcgraw says:

    Hey Eric you should try the new Milwaukee stubby impact there awesome for doing mechanic work 👌

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Half Ash Covers says:

    great great video man! thank you!!

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars C B says:

    Haha Your daughter did amazing hilarious!!!

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mytwistedvoices says:

    2014: "a viewer scolded me for not wearing PPE" 2019: "been there, done that…."

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mytwistedvoices says:

    My wife told me I am making up car issues to fix since I started watching you videos. There are pre built struts for many cars. They ride much better than a leaking strut, half the price of a factory.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ny deer Hunter says:

    How was 2019 so far for you ? I saw one deer and got it, we enjoying the jerky this year 👍 good luck this weekend 😔🦌🦌

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gregg Schulz says:

    Monroe Matic Pluses?

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars inTruthbyGrace says:

    the ending was the best part!!

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Raghu Seshadri says:

    I like your videos primarily because of the tremendous amount of correct information you share, the correct methodology/ and the warnings/gotchas. It is one thing to film your work and it is another to deliver instruction as you do- it is a tough job, and I admire and respect you for that. As another person pointed out, your quality of work demands a higher hourly rate. Stealerships charge 125 per hr! Here's to many more years of instructional videos.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ryan s says:

    Another SMA video to save the day

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Erway says:

    Eric great safety advise with the spring energy danger, thank you much and much.

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cuba's Automotive says:

    Oh man! The closing on this done by Trinity…So adorable! Dang, has time flown!! Brilliant conclusion to the vid! 😍😊🤗😊

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom Oakhill says:

    I worked on the Final Assembly line for Oldsmobiles for a year. We assembled one car every 40 seconds, which is 180,000cars on my shift that year. Across the aisle from me, 3 meters (30 ft) away, they compressed the front springs. Two or three times each day one of those compressed springs got loose. It was horrible. They really fly, fast & far, AND they weight a lot. Eric is correct! Do NOT allow the spring to get loose.

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Doggs says:

    Question are quick struts decent?

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Todd Clemmer says:

    Eric, just did this job tonight on my outback before i found this. I did not know about the alignment of the circle and the bottom of the mount. I did however make sure that I aligned the top plate with the original imprint of the stock spring which i reused. By aligning the imprint to the spring did i essentially align these components. Car drives fine afterwards. Thanks.

  49. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars rinuncular too says:

    Sweet little helper there Eric.
    Really useful video too, thank you.

  50. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars hamish r says:

    How about replacing with a quick strut. .saves a bit of time?

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