Re: How to change hood struts 1989 Pontiac Trans Am?
You first have to take off the hood (2 bolts on each side where the hood meets the hinge) then take off the hood hinges (3 or 4 bolts on each side on top of fender) and after all that your hood hinges should be off. on each end there will be a metal retainer that holds the strut on the hinge, carefully pry these off with a screwdriver and install new struts, bolt the hinges back on and finally the hood
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to replace a strut you will need to buy the whole new strut and find a way to compress the spring after you have removed the strut from the vehicle. you will need to put the spring on your new strut. the strut will usually have three bolts under the hood and about two connected to the steering knuckle. in a shop they usually charge anywhere from 50 to 80 dollars an hour and it just depends on how long it will take them to do the job for you. you can always call and get a quote.
Have you replaced the fuel filter? Sounds a bit restricted...also you may have a bit of sludge in the bottom of your gas tank...use gas and water removal treatment additives...I have enjoyed owning more than 15 Trans Ams...:) Worst cause would be fuel pump fading...:(
Jack up car.
Remove tires on back.
Remove Nut on top of each strut, located inside engine hatch.
Remove lower bolts from spindle.
Use spring compressor to remove springs.
Reverse procedure to replace.
You'll need to remove the upper strut mount nut. Unbolt the 2 bolts from strut to the wheel hub. Remove the strut unit from the car. You'll need a coil spring compressor to compress the spring to unscrew the strut bushing, remove the strut mount and remove the spring from the strut, install the spring to the new strut and reassemble. You'll be better off to get the whole strut, instead of the replacement cartridge, it's often hard to remove the old one from the old housing. Don't forget to replace the strut mount and strut bushing.
You "do not" need a strut spring compressor to change the struts on a 1998 ford escort.
Place the front of the car on jack stands, and remove the front tires.
Disconnect and remove the 2 bolts (at the bottom of the strut) that attach the strut to the knuckle (you may need air impact to break them free).
Remove the brake lines from the line retainer on the strut: If you open the brake lines you will need brake fluid, and need to bleed the brake system (to avoid opening the brake system, cut the line retainer from the old strut).
Inside the hood remove the circular cap that covers the top retaining nut on the strut. Remove the top retaining nut, then remove the strut.
Install new struts in reverse. To align the new strut to the knuckle, use a screwdriver to start the aligment, then insert the retaining bolts. If you cut the brake line retainers from the old struts, use plastic zip ties to attach the brake lines to the new struts.
anne its a long prosess,do you have the spring compressers or did your new ones come with springs?
first you have too pull the wheels then remove the brake calipiers then remove the tierod end then remove the halfshaft nut then un bolt the strut from the housing then take the three nuts off under the hood at the wheelwell
it will come out then if you dont have the new springs on the new struts you will need the strut spring compresser you can rent it at auto zone for 5.00