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Old 06-16-2006, 11:00 AM   #1
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Befor i start them tomarow morning...

is there anything i should do, watch for, or be carful of befor doing this..

I have the Monroe Sensatrac struts with the springs on them already so... thats the easy part

I know the bults may be on there good but i do have a 400foot lb inpact Air gun so that should help.
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If you have to use any type of spring compressor...please be very careful. I've heard horror stories about the misuse of compressors.

Overall, I think its an easy installation. Make sure you get an alignment after the new struts are on. Marking the parts that stay on the car with chalk will give you a good reference for the alignment...the car will at least be drivable to the alignment shop at that point.

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lift front of car so wheels are off ground enough to remove tires. Place supports under control arms. Lower car. Remove tires. Remove 3 nuts on top of each strut. Lift car by front cross member till top of struts fall out. Remove lower bolts and brackets. When you get the new struts on the bottom, lift control arm while guiding top of strut into holes.
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That doesn't sound too difficult. Maybe I should try doing these myself too...
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That doesn't sound too difficult. Maybe I should try doing these myself too...
the bottom bolts are the PITA. 3 of my 8 didn't survive their removal. Had 8 on hand just in case. good thing I only needed 3, they were 8 bucks a piece.
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remember, don't try to twist them out. they are splined by the head of the bolt. They have to be driven out. If they absolutly won't budge you can try twisting the bolt both directions to loosen it.
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I'll add:
The biggest problem I had was removing the strut-to-knuckle bolts... not the nuts. The first time I had to screw with the struts I used brute force. I broke two sockets and nearly my arse in the process. The second time was at Boosty'* house and with the aid of his air hammer and a blunt chisel attachment, the bolts came right out. a one beer job.

The moral of the story is that air tools are not absolutely necessary but they do make things much easier
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So the bults on the bottum at the PITA...

so those are the ones that i just take my air chissle to and pound them out..

thanks guys for the INfo, i just want to make sure befor i brake something
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The biggest problem I had was removing the strut-to-knuckle bolts... not the nuts. The first time I had to screw with the struts I used brute force. I broke two sockets and nearly my arse in the process. The second time was at Boosty'* house and with the aid of his air hammer and a blunt chisel attachment, the bolts came right out. a one beer job.

The moral of the story is that air tools are not absolutely necessary but they do make things much easier
Correct, the nuts popped off very easily. I though "this won't be so bad". HA. 1 bolt took such a beating to back it out, it mushroomed and I had to cut it off at the knuckle and continue the beating.
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I was this close to making a ball joint type clamp that I could put an impact wrench on and driving them out with that. It was my luck the first strut I choose to do was the worst.
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