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How do you change front struts on jeep liberty

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how do you change front struts on jeep liberty
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Jeep
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 7 years ago.
Can you give me the year and engine size please?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
its a 2003 sport 6 cyl

i have all ready removed the 4 top bolts and the lower bolt on the bottom of the strut it still seams really tight do i have to remove the upper or lower a arms or anything ?
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 7 years ago.

REMOVAL - LEFT SIDE

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  1. Disconnect the battery.
  2. Remove the battery.
  3. Unclip the power center and move it to the side out of the way.
  4. Remove the battery tray.
  5. Disconnect the battery temperature sensor from the battery tray.
  6. Remove the four upper shock mounting nuts.
  7. Raise and support the vehicle.
  8. Remove the left tire and wheel assembly.
  9. Remove the lower bolt at the lower control securing the clevis bracket.
  10. Remove the stabilizer link.
  11. Remove the lower ball joint nut.
  12. Separate the lower ball joint from the lower control arm .
  13. Rotate the lower control arm downward to allow access.
  14. Remove the clevis bracket at the shock.
  15. Remove the shock assembly from the vehicle.
  16. Remove the spring from the shock (if needed).

INSTALLATION - LEFT SIDE

  1. Install the spring to the shock (if removed).
  2. Install the shock assembly to the vehicle.
  3. Install the four upper shock mounting nuts. Tighten the nuts to 108 Nm (80 ft. lbs.).
  4. Install the clevis bracket at the shock. Tighten the bolt to 88 Nm (65 ft. lbs.).
  5. Raise the lower control into place and reconnect the lower ball joint nut. Tighten the nut to 81 Nm (60 ft. lbs.).
  6. Install the clevis bracket at the lower control arm. Tighten the bolt to 150 Nm (110 ft. lbs.).
  7. Install the lower stabilizer link at the lower control arm. Tighten the bolt to 136 Nm (100 ft. lbs.) .
  8. Install the left tire and wheel assembly.
  9. Lower the vehicle.
  10. Reconnect the battery temperature sensor.
  11. Install the battery tray.
  12. Install the battery.
  13. Reconnect the battery cables.

REMOVAL - RIGHT SIDE

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  1. Remove the air box.
  2. Remove the two cruise control servo mounting nuts.
  3. Remove the upper shock mounting nuts.
  4. Raise and support the vehicle.
  5. Remove the right side tire assembly.
  6. Remove the lower bolt at the lower control securing the clevis bracket.
  7. Remove the stabilizer link.
  8. Remove the lower ball joint nut.
  9. Separate the lower ball joint from the lower control arm
  10. Rotate the lower control arm downward to allow access.
  11. Remove the clevis bracket at the shock.
  12. Remove the shock assembly from the vehicle.
  13. Remove the spring from the shock (if needed).

INSTALLATION - RIGHT SIDE

  1. Install the spring to the shock (if removed).
  2. Install the shock assembly to the vehicle.
  3. Install the four upper shock mounting nuts. Tighten the nuts to 108 Nm (80 ft. lbs.).
  4. Install the clevis bracket at the shock. Tighten the bolt to 88 Nm (65 ft. lbs.).
  5. Raise the lower control into place and reconnect the lower ball joint nut. Tighten the nut to 81 Nm (60 ft. lbs.).
  6. Install the clevis bracket at the lower control arm. Tighten the bolt to 150 Nm (110 ft. lbs.).
  7. Install the lower stabilizer link at the lower control arm. Tighten the bolt to 136 Nm (100 ft. lbs.) .
  8. Install the right tire and wheel assembly.
  9. Lower the vehicle.
  10. Install the cruise control servo mounting nuts.
  11. Install the air box.
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