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Changing struts I certainly am not a mechanic, but have tinkered plenty. Tackled changing the front axles on my daughters camry and am wanting to try changing the struts on my wifes buick. How tough of a task is this rated for the average joe?

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  • hariet Nov 04, 2008

    thanks compgeek09, have presented good things to think about. The strut job is on a different vehicle from the axle deal. I being a "tight wad" have not even gotten a quote on how much this cost if I have a garage do this repair. Just would like to save some money, but don't want to get in over my head either, sure would buy a manual prior to doing it, but will there be any pressure on the strut after jacking the car?? other than spring compression itself? meaning i can remove it as a whole without danger correct??

  • compgeek09 May 11, 2010

    Oh and when you look under the hood, The big nut in the center is the one that holds the assembly together, you DO NOT want to take that one off! There are 3 smaller nuts around the outside of the tower on the top that hold the assembly in. Just thought I better clarify that:)

  • compgeek09 May 11, 2010

    I realized you were talking about a different vehicle, and to answer your question yes the strut assemly has a nut on the top of it that holds the assembly together, so you can take out the assembly without the sping coming apart. It has been my experience that it cost total around $250-$400 hundred to have them replaced, usually about 100 per strut plus labor, so it all depends on if you know someone that will do it at a reasonable price? Like I said earlier, it is not an easy job but it is also not impossible. Since you have never done this before and struts only need changed every what 75K-100K miles, it may save you a lot of time and trouble to just let a pro do it and then he will be the one cussing at the tight bolts:) And you are going to have to pay to have them put the new struts in the assembly anyways. Let me know what you decide:)

  • compgeek09 May 11, 2010

    Just wanted to add, Do not try to dissasemble the strut tower (spring) on your own, there is a lot of pressure on that spring and it will fly apart! So take the assembly to someone that has the right tools to decrompress it and install the new strut then you can put the assembly back in.

  • compgeek09 May 11, 2010

    If you did the axles on the camry, then you were only a few steps away from changing the struts too. After you take out the wishbone bolt and take off the lower ball joint, then you just take the bolts off of the strut tower under the hood and the strut assembly will come out. The thing you will need to do is take it somewhere to have the springs compressed to put the new struts in. I am sure any garage around you that does struts should have a spring compressor. As lemmon stated be very careful, and it will not be the easiest thing you have ever done. A repair manual would be very helpful also to walk you through the process.

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Too tough....
be careful
but no pain no gain

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