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How do you remove the front struts. I cant find the top of them without removing the dash ?

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  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    The strut tops are located behind the left and right kick panels, under the dash. You do not pull the dash.

    Look there, remove the kick panels and get back to me. Thanks.

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I have not heard back from you; did you find the strut tops? Thanks.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009

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