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Hi, pull back the carpet in the trunk, and remove the rubber cups over the strut mounting bolts. The bolts will require an offset 11/16 or larger wrench and an allen key to break loose. Once the top is loose, compress the spring, remove the two bolts at the wheel location, and the strut should drop out with the spring.
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no, just replaced mine, springs are independent of shocks and struts

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If you've never done them before it could be very dangerous I've seen experienced mechanics have them fly across the room, and thank God , no-one was standing in the path. There are other parts that should probably be replaced when doing the struts, like upper mounts/bearings etc., otherwise you may be sorry you didn't real soon, from the grinding, thumping etc. What most guys are doing these days, is buying the "Quick Strut kits" or whatever name your supplier may be using. Basically it's a complete new strut, spring, bearing/mount assy., all in one, already done for you. You just unbolt from above & below & switch them. Price it out & see if it isn't too bad, I'd go with that, then you also pay for one alignment. Many a guy has changed struts, got alignment, then bearing/mounts started making noise, then changed them, which basically means all the same work again, and another alignment. Up to you, but I'd think about it if those other parts haven't already been changed. Hopefully you can get a credit back on struts you bought to put toward complete assy.Check out this link to autozone. http://www.autozone.com/R,2624239/vehicleId,2316702/initialAction,partProductDetail/store,/partType,00660/shopping/partProductDetail.htm

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SOURCE: 93 Camry strut replacement.

If you plan on keeping the car, it's always a good idea to replace the seats/bearings when you do the struts - having to replace them afer is a pain. If you mean should you replace the strut lower bushings, yes, definitely.

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Posted on Mar 10, 2009

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You will need a strut spring compressor. You can probably buy a cheap one for about as much as a shop would charge you to install a new spring on your strut.

Sometimes you can even "borrow" these from your local parts store with a deposit.

It is probably faster to do it yourself than bring it to a shop.

You need to compress the spring before you put it in the strut housing. Directions should be included with the spring compressor kit.

Here's the general directions:

Take the two bolts on the bottom off

There may be a bolt holding the brake line in place (remove it)

Take the three bolts on the top off

The strut assembly should be free now.

Pull strut assembly out and set it on the floor

The top nut holds the top bearing plate and that holds the spring in place.

Remove the top nut

Remove old broken spring

Compress new spring and put it in place on the strut

Put strut top plate on and secure locknut

Release spring compressor.

Reinstall strut assembly in car.


Good Luck!

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

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SOURCE: 1996 Ford Contour 2.5l V6 how to insert front strut into knuckle

either put a jack under the strut (if you can do so safely and raise the strut or use a good pry bar to pull down on the A arm. make 100% sure the car is well supported with jack stands etc.

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