How to Replace the Shocks on Your Mazda

Did one (or more) of your shocks fail the bounce test?

A replacement is in order. The good news is you can easily replace your shocks right in your garage, driveway, parking lot, or anywhere else. You’ll save a bunch of money on labor, and you’ll put your tools to good use.

If you haven’t the slightest clue where to start, don’t worry. That’s what this guide is for. We’re here to guide you through the process of replacing the shocks on your Mazda.

Ordering OEM Shocks

The first thing to do is to order OEM replacement shocks designed specifically for your Mazda. It’s important to find the right part number because if you accidentally order the wrong shocks, they won’t fit your car and/or perform optimally with it.

The good news is it’s quite easy to find the right part number. Look up your Mazda in our catalog of genuine OEM shocks and struts to find the exact part that’s made just for your car. Be sure to check out our prices too, because we offer some of the best prices online.

Please keep in mind that you should always replace your shocks in pairs. If one shock failed, they other is not far behind.

Once you have your replacement shocks, you can go ahead and replace them.

The Tools to Get First

In order to tackle this project quickly, safely, and efficiently, you need to have all the right tools on hand:

  • 17mm socket
  • 12mm deep socket
  • Socket wrench
  • 10” extender
  • Breaker bar

The Steps to Take

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Disclaimer: This set of steps is based on the 2012 Mazda 3 model, but it’s still pretty easy to follow with most of the other Mazda models.

  1. Safely lift your Mazda with jack stands or a hydraulic two- or four-point lift.
  2. Remove both of your vehicle’s wheels. (You can do one side at a time if you would like.)
  3. At the bottom of the shock, there’s a bolt. Loosen it, but don’t remove it yet.
  4. At the top of the shock, there are two bolts attaching the shock to the frame. Remove both of these bolts.
  5. Now, remove the bottom bolt and then take out the old shock.
  6. Put in the new shock and install it in the reverse order of removal.
  7. Repeat on the other side.

That’s all! If you need any clarification on the steps listed above, feel free to reach out to us.