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Changeing struts how can I replace the struts on my car without going to a machanic?

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  • tres6464 Jul 15, 2008

    finding the bolts on the rear struts

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    Should a person with no experience in mechanical repairs be changing struts on a Ford Taurus?

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You would need to go to your local Auto Parts Store and buy a set of strut compressors for doing struts, BUT YOU HAVE TO BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHEN DOING STRUTS!!!!! There pretty easy to do , But Very dangerous, First of all you have to take and lift car up so its easier to work on Make sure its on a good even surface and the jack stands are in good strong working condition. Now you can take off your tires. remove the two bolts that go thru the bottom of the strut now remember thats also your camber so try to mark the old strut. after you remove the two bolts that are holding the bottom of the strut, and then the brake line needs to be removed from the strut tower, Now the strut should be loosened on bottom and nothing else should be on bottom holding strut, Open hood on car and now make sure you look and see what way the strut is in up top. you can mark the spring so when go to put it back in you know witch way it goes back in. Now you will notice five bolts in the top of your strut under the hood holding the unit in the top, remove all five bolts and then remove strut from car, Do the same on other side but you may want to leave one on the car for a referance and use it remember always use a referance, now hope you have access to a vice,. and compress the spring being CAREFUL once spring is compressed you have to take off top bolt in middle of spring on top, now you have to loosen strut adjuster being very careful and remove spring from strut and always look at what way it is on spring so you can put it back the way it was and do everything in reverse order to reinstall it. If you don't feel confident to do it Don't it can be very dangerous so have a go to a good mechanic, If you need any or have any ?s get back to me

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I own a 2001 Taurus.
The rear springs were broken so instead of purchasing brand new struts and going through the hassle of the costly installation which requires a spring compressor. I went to the local salvage yard and purchased a set of "Texas" springs. ( "Texas" meaning that they were never subjected to winter weather.)
For $200.00 (left and right) I got the strut mount, coil and spring (which came as 1 unit already assembled ) I was able to get these installed for appx.$ 50.00.

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