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I wanted to know how i can replace a bad strut with out taking off my head to do it. the plate that holds the spring in place came unwelded as well.

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Hi, you can take the whole assy out at one time , just don't remove center nut at top of strut take the 3 or 4 bolts around it out that holds the strut mount in place , then remove lower bolts and pull the whole assy out. Then you can take your new ones and old ones to some one and let them change struts out or you can go to your local parts store and rent some strut compressor and do it your self but be very careful with these. If you choose to rent some and do it your self when you put the compressor on strut do 1 or 2 turns then do the other one the same amount of turn .Please do it evenly were you are know one else gets hurt ,this are very tricky to use . Remember be safe and follow the instruction to the letter.If you need more info please feel free to re post.
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Have you heard of Harbor Freight Tools? they sell a inexpensive strut spring tool that collapses the spring works great.

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