Honda Civic (FN) Suspension Install

Honda Civic FN Suspension

Introduction

This guide will take you through the steps on how to remove and install the suspension on an your Honda Civic (FN). This guide is provided as advice only based on our experiences, a hoist is only the proper way to correctly and safely raise a vehicle.

Work at your own risk. AutoInstruct will not be held responsible for damage to your vehicle or personal injury / death as a result of the information we provide. Do NOT place your body underneath a vehicle unless it is supported by appropriately rated jack stands. The safest work is to not perform the work at all. If in doubt consult a qualified mechanic.

Tools Required

  • Trolley Jack
  • 2x Jack Stands
  • 2x Wheel Chock
  • Socket Set
  • Hex Key Set
  • Breaker Bar
  • Ratcheting Spanner Set

These tools must be in good working condition, rated for the weight of your vehicle and certified to Australian standards. Quality Trolley Jacks and Jack Stands are crucial for your safety.

 

Honda Civic (FN) Jacking Points

Honda Civic FN Jacking Points

Introduction

This guide will show you how to lift your FN Civic using a trolley jack and jack stands. This guide is provided as advice only based on our experiences, a hoist is only the proper way to correctly and safely raise a vehicle.

Work at your own risk. AutoInstruct will not be held responsible for damage to your vehicle or personal injury / death as a result of the information we provide. Do NOT place your body underneath a vehicle unless it is supported by appropriately rated jack stands. The safest work is to not perform the work at all. If in doubt consult a qualified mechanic.

Tools Required

  • Trolley Jack
  • 2x Jack Stands
  • 2x Wheel Chock

These tools must be in good working condition, rated for the weight of your vehicle and certified to Australian standards. Quality Trolley Jacks and Jack Stands are crucial for your safety.

Lifting Technique

Before you begin, find a suitable surface. Your lifting surface should be flat and solid. Concrete is ideal.

Place wheel chocks behind the opposite set of wheels to ensure the car does not roll, it is also good practice to make sure the handbrake is engaged and the car is in gear if it is a manual. Next, locate the jacking point as outlined below and slowly raise to the desired height. We recommend using rubber pads to ensure you don’t damage the vehicle.

Once the desired height is reached, place both jack stands in the appropriate locations and lower the vehicle onto the stands.

Jack Stands

Jack stands are mandatory when lifting the vehicle as they are your protection from being injured or killed in the event of a trolley jack failing.

The stands can be placed under the factory scissor jack lifting points located under the side skirt of the vehicle. These are the same points used when changing your spare wheel.

Wheel Chocks

Wheel chocks are necessary when you’re jacking the front or rear of the car and should be used in conjunction with the handbrake and the car in Park/Gear. Wheel chocks ensure that the vehicle will not roll wile you’re working on it.

Lifting The Front

To raise the front of the vehicle locate the crossmember in the centre of the car. This location is approximately below the dashboard and is quite deep, it may be necessary to drive the front wheels onto ramps in order to give you enough clearance to get the jack in place properly.

Lifting the Sides

Behind the front wheels and in front of the rear wheels are the factory scissor lift jack points. The side points are used for jacking the car up for wheel changes, it is often easier and quicker to jack from the sides as they can be accessed easily and the car will not roll. The side points are used for jack stands and as a result, should be avoided if you are working underneath the car.

Lifting the Rear

Lifting the rear of the vehicle is very simple, simply use the rear tow hook. When using the rear tow hook to jack the car up, it is a good idea to place jack stands on either side of the car and lowering the car onto the stands. The rear tow hook is stable however, wheel chocks and jack stands are a necessity.

Using Trolley Jacks and Jack Stands

VE Commodore Jack Point

Introduction

This guide will show you how to lift your VF Commodore using a trolley jack and jack stands. This guide is provided as advice only based on our experiences. This process has not been certified by the manufacturer and may cause damage to your vehicle if performed. A hoist is only the proper way to correctly and safely raise a vehicle.

Work at your own risk. AutoInstruct will not be held responsible for damage to your vehicle or personal injury / death as a result of the information we provide. Do NOT place your body underneath a vehicle unless it is supported by appropriately rated jack stands. The safest work is to not perform the work at all. If in doubt consult a qualified mechanic.

Tools Required

  • Trolley Jack
  • Jack Stands (x2)

These tools must be in good working condition, rated for the weight of your vehicle and certified to Australian standards. Quality Trolley Jacks and Jack Stands are crucial for your safety.

Lifting Technique

Before you begin, find a suitable surface. Your lifting surface should be flat and solid. Concrete is ideal.

Place wheel chocks behind the opposite set of wheels to ensure the car does not roll. Next, locate the jacking point as outlined below and slowly raise to the desired height. We recommend using rubber pads to ensure you don’t damage the vehicle.

Once the desired height is reached, place both jack stands in the appropriate locations and lower the vehicle onto the stands.

Jack Stands

Jack stands are mandatory when lifting the vehicle as they are your protection from being injured or killed in the event of a trolley jack failing.

The stands can be placed under the factory scissor jack lifting points located under the side skirt of the vehicle. These are the same points used when changing your spare wheel.

Lifting The Front

To raise the front of the vehicle use the steel crossmember located below the engine.

Lifting the Sides – Front

To lift the frontal side of the vehicle you can use the same lift point used by a hoist.

Lifting the Sides – Rear

The rearward side of the vehicle can also be raised using the hoist lift point as pictured.

Lifting the Rear

Lifting the rear of the vehicle is very simple, simply use the rear differential. Ensure the trolley jack is placed centrally underneath the diff.

Using Trolley Jacks and Jack Stands

VE Commodore Jack Point

Introduction

This guide will show you how to lift your VE Commodore using a trolley jack and jack stands. This guide is provided as advice only based on our experiences. This process has not been certified by the manufacturer and may cause damage to your vehicle if performed. A hoist is only the proper way to correctly and safely raise a vehicle.

Work at your own risk. AutoInstruct will not be held responsible for damage to your vehicle or personal injury / death as a result of the information we provide. Do NOT place your body underneath a vehicle unless it is supported by appropriately rated jack stands. The safest work is to not perform the work at all. If in doubt consult a qualified mechanic.

Tools Required

  • Trolley Jack
  • Jack Stands (x2)

These tools must be in good working condition, rated for the weight of your vehicle and certified to Australian standards. Quality Trolley Jacks and Jack Stands are crucial for your safety.

Lifting Technique

Before you begin, find a suitable surface. Your lifting surface should be flat and solid. Concrete is ideal.

Place wheel chocks behind the opposite set of wheels to ensure the car does not roll. Next, locate the jacking point as outlined below and slowly raise to the desired height. We recommend using rubber pads to ensure you don’t damage the vehicle.

Once the desired height is reached, place both jack stands in the appropriate locations and lower the vehicle onto the stands.

Jack Stands

Jack stands are mandatory when lifting the vehicle as they are your protection from being injured or killed in the event of a trolley jack failing.

The stands can be placed under the factory scissor jack lifting points located under the side skirt of the vehicle. These are the same points used when changing your spare wheel.

Lifting The Front

To raise the front of the vehicle use the steel crossmember located below the engine.

Lifting the Sides – Front

To lift the frontal side of the vehicle you can use the same lift point used by a hoist.

Lifting the Sides – Rear

The rearward side of the vehicle can also be raised using the hoist lift point as pictured.

Lifting the Rear

Lifting the rear of the vehicle is very simple, simply use the rear differential. Ensure the trolley jack is placed centrally underneath the diff.

Rear Sway Bar Removal

VE Commodore Rear Sway Bar

Introduction

How to remove and re-install the Rear Sway Bar on a VE or VF Commodore. This process is relatively simple, and should only take 30-40 minutes for removal and re-installation.

Tools Required

  • 15mm Spanner / Ratchet Spanner
  • T30 Torx Key
  • 13mm Socket + Extension + Ratchet
  • Grease (LMM Preferred)

Torque Specifications

  • End Link Nuts: 46nm
  • Sway Bar Clamp Bolts: 30nm

Video Guide

Rear Strut Disassembly

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Introduction

Once the rear strut assembly has been removed from the vehicle, this guide will help you to safely disassemble it. This process is required when lowering your vehicle or changing shock absorbers.

This tutorial is also applicable for the VF Commodore

Tools Required

  • Adjustable Spanner / Spanner Set
  • Torx Key Set (Depending on the shock absorber shaft design)
  • Spring Compressors + Socket Set to tighten them

Torque Specifications

  • Upper Piston Nut: 45nm

Disassembly

Step 1

Fit the spring compressors and evenly tighten them to compress the spring. Continue to compress until the spring is no longer pushing against the top retaining plate

Step 2

  • Grasp the centre shaft using Torx key or small spanner (Depending on the shock absorber shaft design)

  • Using a suitable spanner, turn the nut anti-clockwise to loosen

Step 3

Once the nut is loose, remove it from the shaft. You can also remove the steel washer underneath

Step 4

Pull the upper retaining cup off the shock absorber, including the rubber spring seat

Step 5

Remove the second steel washer, plastic dust shield and bump stop

If you are installing lowered springs you will need to cut 50mm off the plastic dust shield to allow for the lowered height.

Step 6

The rear shock absorber disassembly is now finished.

Re-Assembly

Step 1

To re-install the strut assembly, simply reverse the procedure

When re-installing the upper retaining plate, take note of the spring orientation. There is a ‘step’ in the retaining plate and rubber seat which MUST line up with the end of the spring coil. The end result is a hella-flush fitment between the spring, rubber seat and retaining plate

Tighten the shock absorber shaft nut to 45Nm.

Once completed, slowly release the spring compressors ensuring alignment of the spring to spring seat as per the previous step. Job Completed!

Front Strut Disassembly

VE Commodore Front Strut

Introduction

This guide will show you how to disassemble the front strut assembly on a VE or VF Commodore. This process is required when lowering your vehicle or changing shock absorbers.

Tools Required

  • Adjustable Spanner / Spanner Set
  • Spring Compressors + Socket Set to tighten them
  • Two extra large cable ties

Torque Specifications

  • Upper Bearing Nut: 75nm

Disassembly

Step 1

Fit the spring compressors and evenly tighten them to compress the spring. Continue to compress until the spring is no longer pushing against the top retaining plate

Step 2

Grasp the centre shaft using an adjustable spanner. Whilst holding the centre, use another spanner turn the nut anti-clockwise to loosen

Step 3

Once the nut is loose, remove it from the shaft. Also remove the steel washer underneath.

Step 4

Remove the strut top bushing and the plastic bearing which sits underneath. Next, remove the second washer and bump stop – Take note of their orientation.

Note: You may find the bearing falls apart upon removal as the halves easily separate. If this happens I would recommend a replacement bearing.

Step 5

Cut the cable tie to seperate the rubber boot from the upper spring plate. You will need to replace this during re-assembly.

Step 6

Remove the upper spring plate, rubber spring seat and spring from the strut.

Step 7

Cut the lower cable tie located on the bottom of the dust boot. This will also need to be replaced during re-assembly. Remove the dust boot and rubber spring seat on the base of the shock.

The disassembly is now complete.

Re-Assembly

Step 1

To re-install the strut assembly, simply reverse the procedure. Re-attaching the cable ties can prove to be tricky, a friend can definitely help with this.

When re-installing the upper retaining plate, take note of the spring orientation. There is a ‘step’ in the retaining plate and rubber seat which MUST line up with the end of the spring coil.

Tighten the shock absorber shaft nut to 75Nm.

Once completed, slowly release the spring compressors whilst ensuring alignment of the spring to spring seat as per the previous step.

Job Completed!

Front Strut Removal

VE Commodore Front Strut

Introduction

This AutoInstruct guide will show you how to remove the front strut assembly on a VE or VF Commodore. This process is relatively easy, with only basic tools required.

Tools Required

  • Adjustable Spanner / Spanner Set
  • Socket Set
  • OEM replacement nuts and bolts

Torque Specifications

  • Sway Bar Link Nut: 50nm
  • Strut Bearing Nut: 75nm
  • Strut Hat Nut (Engine Bay): 55nm
  • x2 Lower Strut to Steering Knuckle Bolts: Both nuts to 100nm Each. Then turn each nut an additional 90 degrees. (Stretch Bolts – Single Use Only)

Step 1

Raise the front of the car and remove the front wheels.

Note: Never place your body under an unsupported vehicle! Always use jack stands!

Step 2

Grasp the centre shaft using a spanner. Whilst holding the centre, use another spanner turn the nut anti-clockwise to loosen. Only loosen this nut a few turns, do not remove it entirely!

VE Commodore Strut

Step 3

Next, unbolt the swaybar end link. Hold the centre using a socket whilst undoing the nut with a spanner.

Step 4

In this stage we will remove the brake line and wheel speed sensor cable from the strut bracket.

  1. Rotate the brake line 90 degrees (This aligns a notch on the brake line with the square slot, allowing you to remove it)
  2. Pull the brake line out of the bracket
  3. Un-clip the sensor wire
  4. Pull the sensor wire off the bracket

Step 5

Loosen and remove the two large bolts located on the bottom of the strut. You may need a breaker bar or impact wrench as these are very tight.

Note: As these are stretch bolts they should be discarded. New nuts and bolts should be used.

Step 6

Once the two bolts have been removed, gently lower the hub onto a box or bucket to support it.

Step 7

The strut is now being held in place by the shaft nut in the engine bay.

You will need to support the strut as you undo the nut and remove the strut hat. This is carried out in the next step.

Step 8

Whilst supporting the strut from within the wheel arch, undo the strut nut and remove the strut hat. The strut will now be free from the vehicle.

Removal Complete

Nice Work! The strut removal is now complete.

Are you looking to disassemble the strut to install new springs, shocks or perhaps both? See our guide on Front Strut Disassembly!

Re-Installation

Step 1

Guide the strut back into the wheel arch. Position the top of the strut so it protrudes into the engine bay.

Step 2

Place the strut hat onto the shaft and screw down the nut by hand. We will tighten the nut to specification as our final step.

Step 3

Using new nuts and bolts, insert the two strut-to-hub bolts, washers and nuts.

Step 4

Push the hub hard against the strut and tighten the nuts whilst in this position. This aligns the camber bolt onto the strut as per the picture.

Step 5

Tighten both strut-to-hub bolts to 100nm Each. Then turn each nut an additional 90 degrees. These are stretch bolts and should be single use only!

Step 6

Attach and tighten the sway bar end link. Torque to 50nm.

VE Commodore Sway Bar

Step 7

Re-attach the brake line and wheel speed cable to the bracket.

VE Commodore Brake Line

Step 8

The final step is to tighten the upper nut within the engine bay. Torque to 55nm.

Install Complete

The installation is now complete. A wheel alignment is now recommended.

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V6 Front Sway Bar Removal

VE Commodore Front Sway Bar

Introduction

How to remove and re-install the Front Sway Bar on a VE or VF Commodore. This process is high on the difficulty rating due to the time it takes to remove the sway bar.

Tools Required

  • Spanner / Ratchet Spanner
  • Socket Set

Torque Specifications

  • End Link Nuts: 50nm
  • Sway Bar Clamp Bolts: 22nm

Video Guide

Rear Strut Removal

VE Commodore Rear Strut

Introduction

This guide will show you how to remove the rear strut assembly from your VE or VF Holden Commodore. The entire strut needs to be removed when changing springs or shock absorbers. Applicable to VE, VF, E-Series and Gen-F vehicles.

Tools Required

  • Socket Set
  • Trolley Jack and Stands
  • Torx Key Set
  • Ratchet Spanners
  • Breaker Bar

Torque Specifications

  • Sway Bar Nut: 46nm
  • Upper Strut to Chassis Bolts (x4): 58nm
  • Lower Strut to Lower Control Arm: 40nm then tighten an additional 120 degrees (Stretch Bolt – Single Use Only)
  • Lower Control Arm to Wheel Hub: 40nm then tighten an additional 120 degrees (Stretch Bolt – Single Use Only)

Video Guide

Removal

Step 1

Raise the rear of the vehicle and lower securely onto vehicle stands. Do not work under an unsupported vehicle!

VE Commodore Rear Strut

Step 2

Using a Torx key and spanner, loosen the lower swaybar end link nut.

VE Commodore Rear Strut

Step 3

Remove the swaybar end link from the lower control arm.

VE Commodore Rear Strut

Step 4

Next remove the two large bolts connecting the lower control arm to the wheel hub and shock absorber.

VE Commodore Rear Strut

Step 5

When removing the bolts note their orientation and origin. They are different lengths! For further details please see the embedded video above.

VE Commodore Rear Strut

Step 6

The lower control arm needs to be separated from the shock absorber. Push downwards on the lower control arm and it should come free.

VE Commodore Rear Strut

Step 7

The strut is now secured by four bolts into the chassis rail. These are shown in the attached image. Remove all four bolts and gently free the strut from the vehicle.

VE Commodore Rear Strut

Reinstallation

Step 1

Guide the new or old strut back into the vehicle and secure it with the four bolts removed in the previous step. Only screw these bolts 1/4 of their travel, we need to leave some movement for a later step.

VE Commodore Rear Strut

Step 2

Raise the lower control arm and secure the shock absorber bolt. Tighten the nut to specification. A trolley jack can aid the lifting process to assist the alignment.

VE Commodore Rear Strut

Step 3

The trolley jack will be used again to align the lower control arm with the wheel hub.

VE Commodore Rear Strut

Step 4

Insert and tighten the wheel hub bolt to specification.

VE Commodore Rear Strut

Step 5

Now you can tighten the four bolts securing the strut to the chassis.

Re-attach the swaybar end link and you have finished!

VE Commodore Rear Strut

Ultimate Suspension Guide for VE / VF Commodore

VE Commodore Suspension

AutoInstruct presents the ultimate collection of guides to cover the major suspension components on the VE or VF Holden Commodore.
From lowering your vehicle to installing coilovers, the following guides will step you through the process.
These guides also apply to E-Series and Gen-F HSV vehicles.

Strut Removal

VE Commodore Rear Strut

Rear Strut Removal

How to remove the rear strut assembly from your VE or VF Holden Commodore.
View Guide
VE Commodore Front Strut

Front Strut Removal

A complete guide for removing the front strut on a VE or VF Commodore.
View Guide

Strut Disassembly

VE_Commodore_Rear_Shock_3

Rear Strut Disassembly

A complete guide on disassembling the rear strut on a VE or VF Commodore.
View Guide
VE Commodore Front Strut

Front Strut Disassembly

A complete guide on disassembling the front strut on a VE or VF Commodore.
View Guide

Sway Bar Removal

VE Commodore Rear Sway Bar

Rear Sway Bar Removal

A complete removal guide for the rear sway bar on a VE or VF Commodore.
View Guide
VE Commodore Front Sway Bar

V6 Front Sway Bar Removal

A complete guide on removing the front sway bar on a VE or VF Commodore.
View Guide

Holden IQ Hidden Engineering Mode

Holden IQ Engineering Mode

Introduction

In this quick video we show you how to access the hidden Holden IQ Engineering Mode on your VE Commodore or E3-Series HSV. This mode reveals version numbers, tuner adjustment, CPU load monitoring and more!

Whilst you’re here, check out our guide on accessing the VE Commodore Cluster Engineering Mode.

Video Guide