Front spring removal

Djdawson2 at Djdawson2 at
Wed May 8 12:55:30 EDT 2002

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I too, agree with Scott's and Bernie's point.  Like I said, I have done it
(twice), and it can be done... however, when I look back it seems it would be
just as easy to pull the strut and be done with it.  It is a tight fit for
even bolt type spring compressors, and if you happen to have ones that are
very long, it simply won't work.

Scott's statement about removing the top nut on any type 44 car (and the
design of the upper strut mount) sure does make them a pleasure to change
strut cartridges on... but do make sure the spring is loaded.  Have the car
either resting on its wheels, or supported by stands that are under the
control arms.  If you don't, you will have a significant release of spring
energy when that nut comes off (it really doesn't have any place to go,
however)... not to mention the strut housing will be more or less free to go
"wherever", since the strut cartridge is what holds the whole thing in
alignment with the upper strut mount.

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