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Old 02-27-2013, 08:02 PM   #1
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argh!!! Can't get front strut out?!?! 03 zx5

I've done this before but I dunno what the heck I'm doing wrong.

I have the swaybar end link let go, hoses removed from the clips, strut bottom bolt is out, tie rod end is let go...

I can get the knuckle to slide down the strut shaft almost to the bottom of the strut but not quite all the way. It moves freely. Everything I watched for clips etc, the control arm just goes down and you can move the knuckle out of the way. Then let go the three nuts on top of the strut and voila it's out.

I have new LCAs, I wouldn't think that would matter, but I can't see a way to get good leverage to force the control arm even lower. It really seems like the LCA is not pivoting low enough.

GRRRRRRRRRRRR these normally would take me 30 mins a side.


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