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Front strut replacement

What parts must be remove to get the strut out? Do I have to remove the axle or lower ball joint. I got it unbolted but can't get it out of the vehicle.

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Yea, you gotta take the brakes off, the rotor, the axle nut, then you should be able to pry the spindle down far enough to remove the strut.

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To keep from having to remove all these parts you need to just remove the fork end of strut (or separate) by removing the one bolt that holds the fork to the strut, and it comes out in 2 pieces. you will see the KNOTCH in the strut where you will realign when putting fork and bolt together. if need a little bottle jack can also help realign strut with wheel/brake. Note you may need to disconnect the upper joint so you can push back the upper connecting triangle bar. the strut will almost fall out. save you tons of work

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