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2008 Chrysler T&C Front Struts Top Nut Removal

Is there a special socket for this since the nut is recessed in the bearing so much...or do you just compress the spring enough to get the nut off? How do you keep the shaft from turning when you compress the spring?

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I would not suggest doing this unless you have a wall wounted strut machine...super dangerous.but if you want they have quick struts with new strut, coil ,and top plate.
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Posted on Nov 28, 2012

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    eborcim Nov 28, 2012

    No one makes a good quick strut for 2008.

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SOURCE: How do I compress the front strut enough to get

One needs a special tool called a 'spring compressor' to compress the front strut spring enough to remove the nut on the strut. Very dangerous without the tool. Must use the spring compressor to service the strut assembly, or get a loaded strut/spring assembly to replace old strut assembly.

Good luck on this.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010

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