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Can I perform a replacement of struts and or springs myself what are the tools I need?

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You can do it at home but you will need a strut spring compression tool to remove the old struts off your car. When you do this job, you always replace struts in pairs for safety reasons. The brake calipur has to be removed, the CV joint has to come off and you will need a big hammer to release the tie rod from the kunckle. Click on the links below and follow the step by step instructions to remove your strut.

http://www.partsource.ca/doityourself/How-To-Remove-and-Replace-Struts.asp

http://www.ehow.com/how_2079205_install-strut.html

Click on the link below to view the strut spring compression tool:
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00947057000P?vName=Tools&cName=Auto&MechanicsTools&sName=Auto%20Specialty%20Tools&psid=FROOGLE01&sid=IDx20070921x00003a

Posted on May 16, 2010

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