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mr1mrwun 12-16-2012 06:17 PM

Front strut assembly help needed ASAP
This is the first time I've encountered this. My front passenger strut top mount has stripped itself out of the mount.

I've tried earlier this weekend to remove and replace but couldn't get it out (the whole assembly). I was kind of figuring since the strut isn't held up by the top mount would I be able to use some spring compressors to take the tension off to remove it?

Any and all help would be appreciated. Don't have a garage full of tools and trying to accomplish this on the street. I could use the help. My only free time is after work so trying to save money and time. Don't want to go to a shop.

TerryB 12-16-2012 06:54 PM

Are asking about the 3 13mm bolts ? If so, I used pliers to hold the stud and turned the bolt with a wrench.

mr1mrwun 12-16-2012 07:15 PM

No talking about the tension from the spring being that my top mount is screwed. When I went under there earlier the tension wouldn't let me get the strut out from the steering knuckle.

TerryB 12-16-2012 07:29 PM

Can you take a picture ? My brain's not cooperating. LOL

mk2dubvr 12-16-2012 08:50 PM

Taking the axle out makes the job easier. It gives the steering knuckle somewhere to drop down and everything should fall apart from there.

Geezer 12-16-2012 09:23 PM

It's unclear to me what you are trying to do. To remove the strut assembly you must remove the three top mount nuts first. You do not remove the center strut shaft nut until the whole assembly (strut, spring, mount and bearing) has been removed fully assembled. Removing the center nut while the strut is still installed is a recipe for disaster.

mr1mrwun 12-16-2012 09:57 PM

Okay to clear things up.......

The center strut mounting plate has been stripped out. The strut itself is flopping loose around inside the SPRING with the car's weight off the WHOLE ASSEMBLY. When I tried earlier to remove. The tension from the spring would not let the assembly come loose from the steering knuckle.

If I put spring compressors on the spring to relieve the tension, will I be able to remove the assembly that way?

Geezer 12-16-2012 10:29 PM


Originally Posted by mr1mrwun (Post 4501379)
If I put spring compressors on the spring to relieve the tension, will I be able to remove the assembly that way?

If I understand the situation correctly, yes, you need to get the spring compressed. It's the only way to release the tension on the strut since the upper mount can no longer retain the spring. You're going to have to be creative as I expect its going to be difficult removing the strut assembly with the compressors attached. I thinking out loud here so bear with me, you might have to compress the spring, release the lower part of the strut from the knuckle, then undo the center nut and slide the strut out through the spring first, then unbolt the three nuts holding the mount and bearing and remove it.

mr1mrwun 12-17-2012 05:49 AM

Okay thanks you guys. Hope I can get this done today after work. I will take and post picks for future reference.

mr1mrwun 12-18-2012 05:51 PM

Got it done just now but managed to snap my outer tie rod end bolt. So it's back to advance auto lol. Thanks for the help guys.

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