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Old 05-20-2006, 07:22 PM   #11
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Purchased the front struts today, rears are in on Wednesday, i got a 90 dollar mail in rebate as well as my discount...not bad..
fronts are the 71822 Sensetrac and the rears are71798 sensetrac.
So i can clarify this, the FSM and Chilton makes it look like the spring WILL stay on the strut once you remove the strut from the car, requring an external strut compressor of sorts..correct?
correct, strut and spring will come out as one assembly.

edit: front we are talking about. rears the springs stay on the car.
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Old 05-20-2006, 08:34 PM   #12
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Yup, rears look really easy...it was the fronts i was concearned about, thank you for clearing it up though, should be a good weekend project.
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Does anyone have a p/n handy for the front strut bearings, cant find them in any listing at work, a GM number will work, i can use my cross reference at work.
Secondly, I recieved my rear struts today, they look easy to replace. Tried to find your Pics Bill, but you took them down, I should be fine though..
Another Question, i have the stock Ball Joints in the front, what is the best tool to grind the the heads off of each rivit on the OEM ball joints?
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Yup, rears look really easy...it was the fronts i was concearned about, thank you for clearing it up though, should be a good weekend project.
lol
HA, not mine. Couldn't get the lower bolts out of any of them. Had to order 8 new bolts because none of the old ones are gonna live through their removal. I might just have to get new hubs all around instead of fighting with these bolts. Or pop the ball joints and take the whole assembly to a press to pop the bolts. :(
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Travis..Randy and I found an air chisel with blunt tip to do the trick nicely..

Rears were the ones that fought Mechanic Dan on my car.
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OKAY LOL
So, I've decided further.
I'll do the struts, tie rod ends, and stabalizer kit myself. I will leave the Front Ball joints for the alignment shop to take care of lol
They are a pain in the *** from what ive seen.
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No worse than the struts.

Tools depending though. The right tools make any job easy.
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gunna get a spring compressor tomorrow...
gunna attack the rears, get that part out of the way.
i can use either the compressor or a jack under the rear control arm to take the tension off the spring as it expands when i remove the strut.
right? lol
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put a jack stand under car in front of rear tire, use floor jack under control arm and lift control arm. remove strut, then lower floor jack slowly, allowing spring to expand. Total height of rear springs expanded is 14 inches.
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