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Besides a spring compressor, are there any specialty tools needed to replace struts for a 1991 toyota previa? Arepower tools necessary and how long should it take?

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  • cheyenne_hil Jul 29, 2009

    I know I need a spring compressor, but Do I need power tools to compress the spring.

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One item of advice. If it's not too much difference $ wise to buy complete "quick strut kit" which is the entire assembly already to go, then I'd do it.

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  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jul 29, 2009

    As much as I'd like to spell it all out for you, You may be better off going to (autozone.com) and sign up for free, then you'll have access to parts prices, as well as repair manuals with step by step instruction with pictures. At least that way you have a picture or 2 for reference. Good Luck

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. Place a set of wheel chocks behind the rear wheels of the Previa. Lift the front of the automobile on the side that you are starting with. Place a jack stand under the Previa and raise it to the frame of the vehicle. Remove the wheel using the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts.
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