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I had a little time on Sunday so I thought I would put in my springs that I have had laying around for the last few weeks. I finished the back without any problem at all. So I looked at the front and it was getting late so I thought I would continue it another time. But when I was looking at it it appeared that you have to take the lower control arm off the rotor in order to get the strut out. Is this the case or is there a little trick to getting these out with out doing this?

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You will need to remove the upper control arm bolt, and swing the control arm out. But you will need to remove some of the inner plastic fender bolts to remove the upper control arm bolt.
 
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and if thats not enough fun, when you remove the left side, you will also have to remove the washer tank. because it interferes with the long control arm bolt. if you're lucky it won't be a bitch like mine, which was seized in there. had to bang the shit out of it to get it out. good luck!
 

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and if thats not enough fun, when you remove the left side, you will also have to remove the washer tank. because it interferes with the long control arm bolt. if you're lucky it won't be a bitch like mine, which was seized in there. had to bang the shit out of it to get it out. good luck!
Hopefully that won't be an issue because I have already removed my washer tank because of my FMIC.

Thanks for the info guys.

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FiZZioN said:


Hopefully that won't be an issue because I have already removed my washer tank because of my FMIC.

Thanks for the info guys.

Justin
How does the washer tank interfere with the IC?

When I did my springs and shocks.. I just unbolted the shocks and had a friend or I stand on the Rotor and pushed it downward while the other finangled the the shock assembly out / back in....
 
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You shouldn't have to remove any control arm bolts, just remove the lower shock bracket from the lower arm, then you should be able to ease the shock spring assy out. You may need to push downward on the lower arm a little to get the last 1/4" of clearance.

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Peoples experiences vary, but i needed a spring compressor to get my front struts out of the car. There was no way i was going to get them out without it, and the control arms still on the car.
 

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Peoples experiences vary, but i needed a spring compressor to get my front struts out of the car. There was no way i was going to get them out without it, and the control arms still on the car.
Did you have both front wheels off the ground?

If you only jack up one side at a time the sway bar will keep the arm from extending down fully.
 

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Yup. THe front of the car was up on jack stands and the wheels were off. I couldn't push the rotor down far enough to get the spring/strut combo out.



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Did you have both front wheels off the ground?

If you only jack up one side at a time the sway bar will keep the arm from extending down fully.
 

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Yup. THe front of the car was up on jack stands and the wheels were off. I couldn't push the rotor down far enough to get the spring/strut combo out.



Was it even close?

I had to stand on mine while someone popped it out.

I've heard of people using a long pole for leverage.

It sounds hard on the car, but if those arms can withstand 100 mph potholes they can take this.
 
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Did you guys try removing the lower shock attachment bracket from the lower arm? That was the only way I was able to get the right angle to remove the shock/spring assy.
 
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For whatever it's worth - the service manual says to disassemble the upper control arm to change the front shock/spring assemblies.

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Bob said:
You shouldn't have to remove any control arm bolts, just remove the lower shock bracket from the lower arm, then you should be able to ease the shock spring assy out. You may need to push downward on the lower arm a little to get the last 1/4" of clearance.

Bob
Be very carefull with the bolts on the lower shock bracket, I soaked mine with WD40 and carefully tried to coax them out... but one of them still snapped off, had to drill it out... MAJOR PITA!!!!

Now I wish I had a shop manual at the time, never thought about loosening the upper control arm :(

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heres what u do... unbolt the top 3 nuts.... take the bolt out that goes through the strut, then pry the strut onto the front bolt in the cup so you can get to the rear bolt, then take out the rear bolt of the cup thing the strut sits in, then just loosen the front a little so you can rotate the cup... then have a friend stand on the rotor and softly bounce, or if they weigh enough just stand on it. swing the cup either to the right of left then pry the shock out of the cup then just lower it out and bam. ive done this 4 or 5 times now and its worked everytime.
 
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Be very carefull with the bolts on the lower shock bracket, I soaked mine with WD40 and carefully tried to coax them out... but one of them still snapped off, had to drill it out... MAJOR PITA!!!!

Wow, that would be a major bummer. My bolts were pretty tight but they unscrewed easily once loosened.

Bob
 
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