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99 NEON. DO I NEED A SPECIAL TOOL TO HOLD THE SPRING WHEN I CHANGE THE FRONT STRUT ?

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Yes u do,its called a coil spring compressor unit,they start at around 50 bucks for the cheap and dangerous ones.

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