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There is a spring surrounding the strut. do i need a special press to reposition the spring when i replace the struts, or can it be done by hand?

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You need a good spring compressor to take this apart. Make sure it's in good condition before using it. Your spring is under tension and you can be seriously injured if you remove it without a proper restraint.

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