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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:23 pm    Post subject:  Changing struts. Reply with quote

Im going to change the struts real soon, and was wondering how do i take the struts off the car. There were 2 bolts holding the strut to the car. we took off the 2 nuts but the bolts wouldnt come out. Do you have to bang them out or screw em out?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

They aren't threaded, you have to bang them out with a hammer. Be careful not to mushroom the end. I would recommend threading on the nut a little ways and then hammering on that instead of the end of the bolt.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:34 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Quick wack with a hammer should do it, its what I did when I got my GTP springs at the junkyard, should be putting in those springs and some KYBs sometimes this week. Twisted Evil

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 1:37 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

just make damn sure you have those springs compressed damn well or when you remove those two strut to knuckle bolts the strut is likely to spring into the CV boot and tear a hole/hurt you.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 5:24 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

fasnorkis wrote:
just make damn sure you have those springs compressed damn well or when you remove those two strut to knuckle bolts the strut is likely to spring into the CV boot and tear a hole/hurt you.

I thought you put the compressor on after you had the strut/spring assembly removed from the vehicle. Then you put the compressor on the spring and remove the upper strut mount from the old strut then take the spring off and install on new strut then put strut mount on and reinstall into vehicle. Isn't that basically all the steps? Shouldn't the spring be unloaded after you jack the car off the ground?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 11:35 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

While you're removing the strut from the vehicle, the spring is not going anywhere. Guaranteed. Iíve seen it been done many times. Thereís nothing to worry about.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 12:18 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

fasnorkis wrote:
just make damn sure you have those springs compressed damn well or when you remove those two strut to knuckle bolts the strut is likely to spring into the CV boot and tear a hole/hurt you.


Nope, the spring is held by the strut and top mount plate, its not going anywhere until you remove the nut holding the top mount! I have a complete set of GTP springs/struts in my garage, only took about 10 minutes each to remove from the car.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 12:48 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

When i did mine, it seemed that to have clearance to take the fronts out, the fronts needed to be compressed. even with the car off the ground and the control arms all the way down, they seemed compressed a little. guess there are miltiple ways of doing it. I'm not saying the springs is going anwhere, its clearly held on by the top plate. I'm just saying that im my case it was slightly compressed.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 1:36 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

My apologies for replying to an old post but I thought it would be better than creating a new one on the same topic.

Replacing my rear struts with OEM struts on my 2007 SS
For the spring compressors, can I use any spring compressor like this? Spring Compressor Or do I need a specific one?
Also, I understand the bolts in the trunk are 15MM and the two bolts on the bottom is 21MM, what size is the bolt on top of the mount? 24MM?
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 2:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yep, that compressor will work. Be extremely careful using spring compressors!!!!

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 4:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Awesome, thanks. And what about the socket sizes. Is it 24MM for the bolt holding the mount to the strut?

I know it's:
15MM for the top inside the trunk
21MM for the two behind the wheel.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 5:12 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You guys still using spring compressors Very Happy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpG9cYlr3hY
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 5:19 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yea, no thanks.

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 5:40 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Chip1035 wrote:
Awesome, thanks. And what about the socket sizes. Is it 24MM for the bolt holding the mount to the strut?

I know it's:
15MM for the top inside the trunk
21MM for the two behind the wheel.


I don't know off the top of my head, but I do know you will want an offset box wrench to deal with the top nut. I've got my old Monte Carlo assemblies in my garage, I can check when I get home from work tonight for the size (I assume it's the same, but you never know).

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You guys still using spring compressors Very Happy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpG9cYlr3hY


I put my AGXs and Vogtlands together with nothing more than my body weight. It wasn't too tough, but there isn't a chance in hell I'd go without spring compressors on the stock springs...

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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 11:20 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

outonthetiles wrote:
impalafirst wrote:
You guys still using spring compressors Very Happy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpG9cYlr3hY


Yea, no thanks.


I'm with Outonthetiles with this one. Smile

IffyG wrote:
Chip1035 wrote:
Awesome, thanks. And what about the socket sizes. Is it 24MM for the bolt holding the mount to the strut?

I know it's:
15MM for the top inside the trunk
21MM for the two behind the wheel.


I don't know off the top of my head, but I do know you will want an offset box wrench to deal with the top nut. I've got my old Monte Carlo assemblies in my garage, I can check when I get home from work tonight for the size (I assume it's the same, but you never know).


Ok, thanks IffyG. I'll just make sure I have various different sizes. I could use the new tools anyway for my new toolbox. Smile

I'm looking to do this work Sunday, let you guys know how it goes.
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