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Old 10-04-2012, 08:02 AM   #12
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Only real reason if you plan on throwing the old strut away is that if you STILL have trouble getting it loose you can't just bolt it back together & drive it for a week while the penetrating oil does it's job....

Patience & repeated applications of force & oil over a couple weeks got my front struts & rear camber bolts loose - saved a bit of swearing that way 'cause for once I wasn't in a hurry to get it done....

Many jobs HAVE to be completed once you start, for mine I was glad this wasn't one of them. Heck, the only thing that MADE me do it that way was that the dealer didn't have the replacement pinch bolt for the knuckle in stock - I wanted a pair on hand before I wrenched hard enough on them to break one or both... Didn't feel like driving 20 miles to a dealer that had them on hand, so I waited a week & got 'em out the second try... (grin)
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