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How to Replace the Springs in a Honda CR-V

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The Honda CRV-V is a compact SUV designed to handle like a car and has a more comfortable ride than larger SUVs. The springs in the CR-V are easily accessed and non-manufacturer springs can be used. The coil springs in the suspension system help the Honda CR-V provide a smooth and comfortable driving experience which keeps it a top selling compact SUV.

Take the strut off the CR-V and attach a spring compressor. Follow the compressor's instructions for proper installation.

Compress the spring until the end separates from the spring seat. This is potentially dangerous as an uncontrolled release of the spring can cause bodily injury.

Disconnect the upper strut mount, spring seat and other components of the strut assembly.

Replace the spring and inspect the seat for signs of wear.

Reattach the spring compressor and place the spring into the strut so that the end of the spring properly aligns with the spring seat.

Reinstall the strut and components. Makes sure to tighten the nut to the proper foot pounds of pressure before installing the strut onto the CR-V.

Lower the CR-V and check the wheel alignment. The alignment sometimes needs adjusted after servicing the suspension system.


  • Buy powder-coated springs. These springs are coated with a rust proofing before the powder paint is applied and baked on. This process makes the spring much more resistant to corrosion.
  • The process for replacing the front and rear springs is basically the same.


  • Take the pressure off the springs before disassembling. This is potentially very dangerous as the springs carry a great deal of force which is expended when their restraints are released.

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