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I tried to install struts on a car before. I will tell you this, you have to take it somewhere. Unless you have a spring compressor. Because you have to jack the car up, take the tire off, loosen the ball joint. Then use a pry bar and pop the transaxle out of the transmission. Take the three bolts out on the top of the coil spring, under the hood. Then the assymbly will fall down.
Then after I got it out, I took the nut off the strut and it jumped out about 5 inches and could never get it back together again. I tried every redneck solution I had. But could not compress the spring back down enough to put it back together. It would take something that weighs as much as a car.
I hope this helps. Good Luck

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  1. Raise the vehicle on a hoist.
  1. Remove the front wheel and tire assembly.
  1. ani_caut.gif CAUTION: To avoid damage to the 6mm drive hole in the front stabilizer bar link ball stud, do not use an Allen wrench to break loose or tighten to final torque the front stabilizer bar link-to-front shock absorber nut.
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  1. ani_caut.gif CAUTION: Do not allow the halfshaft to move outboard. Over extension of the CV joint may result in the separation of internal parts, causing failure of the joint.
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  1. ani_caut.gif CAUTION: The strut assembly is under spring tension. Attempting to disassemble the strut without properly compressing the spring can result in injury.
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  1. ani_caut.gif CAUTION: The bearing and seal assembly is press-fit onto the upper mount. The mount washers must be installed in the correct orientation.
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Item Part Number Description 1 ? Dust Boot (Part of 18045) 2 N803826-S100 Front Shock Absorber Mounting Bracket Nut
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(25-30 Lb-Ft) B ? Tighten to 55-63 Nm
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  1. ani_caut.gif CAUTION: Do not over tighten the lock nut; damage to the lock nut or piston rod could result.
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  1. Position the strut assembly into the vehicle. Install the three mount-to-strut tower nuts. Tighten the nuts to 35-40 Nm (25-30 lb-ft).


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  1. Partially raise the hoist.
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