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Old 03-15-2010, 01:56 PM   #1
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How hard is to replace the front strut assembly on a 2001 SSEi? The 2001 now has 133k miles and is not riding as well as it use to. Thinking about replacing the strut assemblies as a way to better the ride.
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The front have three bolts holding the top in and there are two on the bottom, maybe a bolt holding the brake line on, the whole strut assembly will come out, you will need a coil spring compressor to get the spring off and change the strut, then reverse, You will need to get an alignment afterward.

I would say 5 outta 10, its not hard, but it requires a special tool and an alignment after.
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And frequently the main nut holding the assembly together is impossible or a serious pain w/o air tools.

It'* a 7 out of 10. intermediate to advanced tool level/major PITA.
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Thanks RS. Looked at RockAuto'* site and it also lists strut mounts- should those be replaced also when replacing the struts? I have replaced coil springs on a Jeep Wrangler, bought spring compressors from Harbor Frieght (they were crap) and somehow got it done.
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Bill, thanks. Let me ask the bigger question- is replacing the struts on a 133k Bonny going to make a measurable difference?
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Mounts are essentially bearings. Yes replace them at the same time. Since you've done it before, go for it. It won't be any worse.

Don't get quick struts unless you are willing to downgrade your springs. quickstruts use the same springs as SE'* get.
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