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Bad rear struts on 1991 buick regal GS. Bought new ones this morning. Instructions say to compress a rubber "spring like thing" by threading a bolt up from the bottom of it prior to removing the old strut. I cannot get to it from the bottom! there is no way to get a bolt into there so I attempt to put it down through the top and there are no threads to grab.

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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.,2624239/vehicleId,2316702/initialAction,partProductDetail/store,/partType,00660/shopping/partProductDetail.htm

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SOURCE: replace rear struts 1996 buick regal

Here is a link describing your strut replacement. Autozone also has free tool rental for the strut spring compressor if you need it. Thank you, and don't forget to vote.

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you have to remove the stut from the caar install spring compressor screw and tight it you gonna be able to remove the shock good luck pierre

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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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1996 buick regal custom has no coil springs on rear how do i change the shocks

26083109-sgzmnh3u5bmrsfnwqwi1so0h-1-0.gif Removal:
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle with jackstands.
  3. Remove the rear wheel and tire assembly.
  4. Scribe the strut-to-knuckle for proper installation.
  5. If equipped, remove the auxiliary spring, as outlined in this section.
  6. Remove the jack pad.
  7. Install rear leaf spring compressor tool J-35778, or equivalent. Refer to the Transverse Spring Assembly procedures in this section for installation details.
  8. Fully compress the spring, but do NOT remove the retention plates or the spring.
  9. Unfasten the two strut-to-body bolts.
  10. Remove the brake hose bracket from the strut.
  11. Remove the strut and auxiliary spring upper bracket from the knuckle.
To install:
  1. Position the strut to the body and knuckle bracket.
  2. Install the strut-to-body bolts and tighten to 34 ft. lbs. (46 Nm).
  3. Install the strut to the knuckle, aligning the scribe marks and tighten the bolts to 133 ft. lbs. (180 Nm) for 1988-94 vehicles. For 1995-96 vehicles, tighten the bolts to 122 ft. lbs. (165 Nm).
  4. Install the brake hose bracket.
  5. Remove the spring compressing tool.
  6. Install the jack pad and tighten the retaining bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  7. If equipped, install the auxiliary spring.
  8. Install the wheel and tire assembly and install the lug nuts finger-tighten
  9. Carefully lower the vehicle, then tighten the lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm).
  10. Connect the negative battery cable.

Feb 05, 2016 | Buick Cars & Trucks

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Hi, I have never replaced struts. Do i need to take pressure off the spring before removing the unit? Can i rent a spring comp to change the strut after its off? The car is a 05 monte carlo. I have...

Chet, First of all, you don't mention if you are replacing the front or rear struts. I'll try to take you through both of them. The front struts, Jack up one side of the car and remove the wheel. Place a jack stand under the frame and lower the car on to it. Let the axle assembly hang freely. There are usually two lower bolts and two or three bolts holding the top inside the engine compartment. If the brake line is attached to the strut, remove it. Also, it may have the sway bar link attached, remove this from the strut. Take the nuts off the lower strut and as the bolts are usually splined you will have to pound the bolts out. If there is a thread all the way to the end of the bolt put the nut back on so that it is flush with the top of the bolt so as not to damage the threads when they are pounded out. Some bolts wont have the threads so you wont have to worry about thread damage. Use a screw driver to separate the two. Remove the upper nuts, being careful not to let the strut fall down and possibly damage the brakes lines or ABS wires.
Before I continue let me inform you that you can purchase struts that are complete so you dont have to remove the spring and related parts from the strut. These are called "Ready struts" or another name that escapes me at the moment. These can be purchased from most part stores. These are preferred by most people as they have new bearings, new struts as well and new springs which will return the vehicle to the normal ride height, should this be part of the problem.
If you want to replace just the strut. Yes, you can rent the spring compresser that will be needed to complete the job.
Take the spring compresser which usually comes in two pieces and put one on one side of the spring and tighten it by hand until snug. Place the other piece on the opposite side of the spring and again hand tighten it. Tighten one one side of the compresser two turns with a socket and then do this to the other side. Be VERY CAREFUL to make sure the pieces don't shift when doing this. Continue this until you can turn the upper bearing plate by hand. Place a vice grip on the highest part of the strut shaft as possible and tighten as much as possible. Remove the nut holding the upper bearing plate. Remove the upper bearing plate and the boot covering the shaft and finally the spring. Reuse all the rubber bushings for the spring and place the spring over the shaft. Once again, place the vise grip as high as possible on the new strut shaft and replace the upper bushing, boot and bearing plate on the shaft and tighten the bolt holding everything together. Making sure that the spring sits properly slowly remove the spring compresser, again two or three turns at a time, one side at at time. Replace the strut assembly back into the car.
Rear struts, The only difference here is the way the struts are mounted in the car. Upper strut mounts on some vehicles are accessible in the trunk with three nuts holding them in. Others are accessible under the panel behind the rear seats. Others still have to accessed from the wheel well. The bottom mount is usually one bolt. Again the spring removal procedure is the same as the front. Be VERY CAREFUL the compresser doesn't shift when you are using it. If it is the front struts you are doing then a wheel alignment is advised. Good luck with this.

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How do i change the front struts on a1995 buick regal grand sport

Use a spring compressor to clamp the spring down (Be Careful). disconnect strut from lower control arm, and the 3 or 4 bolts under the hood ontop of the strut tower. Remove strut and spring, remove spring from strut (Still Compressed), put spring on new strut (Still Compressed), Install bolts under hood, aka strut tower, reconnect lower control arm, slowly uncompress the spring and make sure it seats properly. Take it an alignment shop to get your front end re-aligned.

Sep 24, 2010 | 1995 Buick Regal

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Instructions for installing 2001 gs430 struts type Monroe Sensi-Trac front & rear. What all has to be removed. Would this also be a good time to replace the wheel bearings at 160K or is repairs...

Be carefull , you will need spring compressor tools to do the job. The springs are compressed quite a bit and if you just undoo the top nut for the strut , you could kill yourself. Don't doo wheel bearings unless you know they are bad. Not sure about your lexus , but most modern cars have sealed bearings pressed in place.

Apr 14, 2010 | 2001 Lexus Gs 430

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Excessive bounce of rear end.

Actually, these are struts, and you need two new ones. You do not have an air suspension unless someone added one.

You will need a spring compressor to replace. The replacement struts can be bought for around $200 (ea) fully assembled, you can but the strut only (without springs or mounts) and take it and the old strut to a shop ($15.00 a strut to change spring and mount), or you can have them do the whole thing.

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Aux suspession/strut removal

The struts should come with a bolt. The bolt goes down thru the aux spring. If you unbolt the spring before putting the bolt in it is a pain to get bolted back up

Mar 27, 2010 | 1996 Buick Regal Olympic Gold

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Rear left spring squeaky noise.

The strut may be assembled incorrectly. The strut mount ( the part the top of the spring fits into) may be broken and the rubber that it fits into may be turned wrong. Yes the spring can be bad but unlikly. If you do end up changing the springs they have to be changed in pairs unless you buy a used one from the junkyard

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I want to replace the rear struts on my 1995 Buick Regal Custom and am wondering if I will need a strut compressor in order to complete this task

No you don't. When you buy the parts there should be a bolt in each box. With the tires on the ground. Look at the lower control arms with a rubber bushing on the end. You will see a bolt hole in the middle of the bushing. Put the bolt in from the bottom and screw it in. This will help keep it compressed. After that jack the car and remove the tire. Then remove the two bolts up top, then the one on the bottom.Then remove the one on the strut. And install in the reverse order. Will be a good idea to replace the upper strut plate while your in there. Don't forget to remove the retainer bolt when your tire and the car is down. Let me know if any other help is needed. I own the same car just a year younger.

Sep 17, 2009 | 1995 Buick Regal

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Are bushings or some kind of bumper needed for rear struts?

You can buy those at the part store. They are bump stops. I think they come in the boot kit.

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