How to Change Struts on a Dodge Caravanby Dan FerrellUpdated November 07, 2017
Items you will need
Floor jack and jack stand
Ratchet and socket set
Changing the strut assemblies on your Dodge Caravan requires just a few tools, which you might already have in your toolbox at home. However, if you are replacing both struts, make sure to note their side location since the molding assemblies on the coil springs are adapted to their corresponding location on the vehicle. Then, follow these steps to replace one or both struts.
Disconnect the black, negative battery cable.
Loosen the wheel lugs, using a lug wrench, on the wheel assembly with the strut you are replacing, or both, if you are replacing both front struts.
Raise the front of the vehicle using a floor jack, and support it on a jack stand or two jack stands if you are replacing both struts.
Remove the tire or tires.
Disconnect the brake hose and speed sensor cable brackets from the struts using a wrench or ratchet and socket.
Disconnect the stabilizer bar link from the strut assembly. Use a backup wrench to hold the stud bolt steady as you loosen, and remove the nut with a wrench or ratchet and socket.
Remove the two strut-to-knuckle mounting bolts by holding the bolts steady with a backup wrench as you turn the nuts with a wrench or ratchet and socket. These mounting bolts have lock notches near the head and should never be turned to remove. Make a note of the location of each bolt so that you install them in their original place.
Unscrew and remove the three upper strut mounting nuts using a wrench or ratchet and socket.
Remove the strut assembly from the vehicle.
Set the new strut assembly in place. Install the three upper mounting nuts by hand to avoid thread damage. Tighten the nuts.
Install the two strut-to-knuckle mounting bolts in their original place. Hold the bolts steady as you tighten the nuts.
Connect the stabilizer link to the strut assembly. Hold the bolt steady using the backup wrench as you tighten the nut.
Install the brake hose and speed sensor brackets.
Install the tire and wheel lugs.
Lower the vehicle and finish tightening the lugs.
Connect the black, negative battery cable.
Check wheel alignment, and adjust if necessary.
Since 2003 Dan Ferrell has contributed general and consumer-oriented news to television and the Web. His work has appeared in Texas, New Mexico and Miami and on various websites. Ferrell is a certified automation and control technician from the Advanced Technology Center in El Paso, Texas.