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How do i take off and replace the shock absorbers

How do i take off and replace theshock absorbers (big springs above the front wheels as one of ours has snapped. i no we have to do both sides but dont know how!!!! thanks kelly

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Hello Kelly. This is a job for a pro who has a car lift and the other heavy equipment and knowhow to do this labor intensive job. Call around to several shops as some offer specials from time to time. J.

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