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Using Haynes VW Gollf manual I found removal of the front suspension strut from 2003 Seat Leon almost impossible due to lower arm restricting space. Pulling the bottom of wheelbearing slightly outwards as per manual was very difficult. I eventually got the strut out with the coil spring compressed but at the expense of a damaged gaiter on the driveshaft CV joint. Refitting the balljoint to the lower arm now looks impossible without disconnecting the shaft from the hub (which I now have to do any way to renew the gaiter--but first Ineed to put the brake disc and road wheel on again to slacken the hub nut) Any helpul suggestions? David

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The spring compressor is always a planned part of the removal and installation of your strut. It was very dangerous at best using a good spring compressor. I am shocked this wasn't made clear. You can not do a short cut safely when doing this kind of work. I have tried short cuts only to have to start over and like you damaged an item. You will need to disconnect the unit at this point to replace the torn gaiter so relax - take a deep breath and pull the shaft down as it is easier. One thing I will suggest is a good jack to help you keep everything from slipping around. The almost impossible reference you make is because it is hard even for professionals so be aware you must be good just to have gotten this far.
For safety sake use a GOOD spring compressor as people are killed quite often doing this procedure when a poorly placed or loose spring compressor slips.
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