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Old 11-13-2013, 02:20 PM   #21
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To replace the front struts, it would cost you about $200 and would you take around 2 hours (for me, i could probably have the car back on the ground in less than an hour.) Have any friends that are automotive inclined? A second brain and second set of hands would make this pretty easy to work out on a flat driveway/parking lot


visit youtube and watch some videos of the job...see if it is something you would be comfortable doing
great idea. Thanks! $200 sounds way better than $600. I have more time than money, as they say.
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Old 11-13-2013, 02:59 PM   #23
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good, it did.

So yeah that looks pretty do-able. I may just give it a go. I hear that Autozone will lend you a torque wrench for $100 refundable deposit. The rest I can probably get from my coworker.

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Old 11-13-2013, 04:14 PM   #24
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It is very do able but be weary of rusty parts as they can get you unexpectedly especially if nothing has ever been done to the front of the car replacement wise.

Or if you are me you end up buying new sway bar end links every time because the damn nuts freeze on and I tear up the little allen key... of course I have terrible luck and a car that's been in two accidents that contributes to some of my issues I have had in the past with my suspension swaps. If you have buddy to help you I would recommend it.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:10 PM   #25
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It is very do able but be weary of rusty parts as they can get you unexpectedly especially if nothing has ever been done to the front of the car replacement wise.

If you have buddy to help you I would recommend it.
Good advice. I'm hoping some penetrating lube will help kepp the breakge at bay.

So lemme ask you all, It seems like I'll need a jack to get the car up and a jack or stand to keep the wheel/axel/whatever assembly supported too. Does that sound right? nIn the vid above it looks like he has a jack stand under the wheel, with some wood to make it softer, I guess.
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A block of wood helps to do a lot of things when using a jack - it helps distribute the weight across the jack platform, it prevents metal-on-metal damage, and it gives you an extra inch or two so you don't have to pump the handle as much to lift the car higher.

Its great that you are choosing to attempt this on your own, just be aware of the initial costs of doing your own work. Once you buy these tools, you'll have them forever but if money is tight it may be worth calculating how much you would spend on parts and tools (rental or purchase) vs just paying someone else to do the work this time.

Good luck! It's super easy and once done you'll have more confidence when it comes to tackling more complex car issues.
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I never used a jack just man power under the control arm and that did the trick. Sometimes it is difficult to get the new strut into the knuckle which can be remedied by prying on the slot in the knuckle to open it up that little bit more.
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I never used a jack just man power under the control arm and that did the trick. Sometimes it is difficult to get the new strut into the knuckle which can be remedied by prying on the slot in the knuckle to open it up that little bit more.
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A block of wood helps to do a lot of things when using a jack - it helps distribute the weight across the jack platform, it prevents metal-on-metal damage, and it gives you an extra inch or two so you don't have to pump the handle as much to lift the car higher.

Its great that you are choosing to attempt this on your own, just be aware of the initial costs of doing your own work. Once you buy these tools, you'll have them forever but if money is tight it may be worth calculating how much you would spend on parts and tools (rental or purchase) vs just paying someone else to do the work this time.

Good luck! It's super easy and once done you'll have more confidence when it comes to tackling more complex car issues.
thanks. mac.mogul. This will be the most major car repair I have attempted to date. I have replaced windshield washer hoses, the pump, lights, even a crank window regulator on my old Isuzu pickup. But this feels big! It's a major component of the car! I'll let you all know how it goes.

Just admitted to the Firestone guy that I was going to do it and he got cold...quick.

Now, off to research the trouble code I was given by the same Firestone ppl....we'll see if there's anything I can do about that, too.
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Out of curiosity, what was the code?

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