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Re: 4K Strut Insert Replacement Help
> Purchased front strut inserts for my son's 4K FWD assuming the job to be
> like the 5K but no, much bigger job. Anyone want to talk about it?
> I've got the Bentley.
> -did you need the wheel puller to get the half shaft out of the hub?
No, it just slides out.
> -were you able to compress spring without spring compressor?
No, borrowed a set of Big Bolt and Two Hooks style ones. Not too bad in
the vise with an air impact wrench.
> -how long for the job? (you not me)
3 and then 2 hours per side with basically no experience.
> -how many knuckles did it take?
Don't have any left. Actually I don;t think I hurt myself. But I sure
was sore from undoing all those self-locking nuts! Which should (must!)
all be replaced with new ones upon reasembly. Tie rods, ball joints,
top of strut, and axle nuts. there is a weird nut on the strut tube.
Tool to remove it is about $20, a hammer and screwdriver will work but
will bunge it up a bit. New nuts are cheap through dealer, too.
Hint, sort of: The bentley says to drop the ball joint by undoing the
sway bar. I don;t knwo if its easier, but I undid the ball joints
(marked their position) and just fought the sway bar with a crowbar,
cushioned by a bit of bicycle inner tube. careful, the control arm will
want to come up and crush the CV boot this way.
PS, great time to put lowering springs in! - never compress them