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How to Replace the Springs in a Honda CR-V

by Contributor

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.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

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.

Items you will need

  • Replacement springs
  • Safety goggles
  • Floor jack and stands
  • Socket wrench and sockets
  • Box wrench
  • Adjustable crescent wrench
  • Lug wrench
  • Torque wrench
  • Spring compressor and associated tools

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