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    Question Front strut compression

    Ok long story, (and a few ticked off members) short, I removed the strut when I was replacing the drivers side CV axle. Now I'm trying to put it all back together and I have the strut back on the car but it's too extended to attach the lower bolts. I have a spring compressor like THIS. What did I do wrong and how should I fix it? And I'll post some pictures when I've got some time.

    And please take it easy on me

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    The strut assembly will extend a small amount when removed. I usually just wrestle the lower end upward enough to get a bolt started, but you can use a spring compressor of you need to. Not a ton of room to work in there though.

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    Make sure both front wheels are off the ground. The sway bar will push the control arm/knuckle out of position if you leave one side on the ground.

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    Re: Front strut compression

    I just replaced my struts lifting one side at a time. You shouldn't need to compress the spring to get it back in. The wheel assy should hang enough for the strut to bolt right back in. Bolt the upper mount in first , then slip the lower end into place.

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    Re: Front strut compression

    I HOPE the method you used to "remove the strut" -
    was to remove the three nuts from the three studs -
    protruding through the strut tower -

    and NOT by removing the single big nut in the middle of the strut bearing plate -

    I only bring this up because I actually saw a guy try it that way -

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    I agree with the method used by EcSTSatic -

    hang it from the top - work in the bottom -

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    Re: Front strut compression

    Quote Originally Posted by basscatt View Post
    I HOPE the method you used to "remove the strut" -
    was ti remove the three nuts from the three studs -
    protruding through the strut tower -

    and NOT by removing the single big nut in the middle of the strut bearing plate -

    I only bring this up because I actually saw a guy try it that way -
    Thanks for all of your responses and umm well let's just say mistakes were made. And I now know that the strut is a loaded bomb but nobody got hurt And heres a pic of what it looks like. I think the strut has to go up about an inch or so.

    securedownloaddvy.jpg

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    Yeah, that's what I run into when I do them.

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    Re: Front strut compression

    Good thing you didn't get hurt! If the strut spring tension is unloaded now, you will need to remove the 3 bolts on top so you can put the whole strut on a bench and compress it again safely. THEN mount it back on the car. Don't try to compress it on the car.

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    Late to party. Did u remove strut from car? To change cv axle? Or just unbolt strut from knuckle?

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    Re: Front strut compression

    Hi everybody! I guess I'll just tell the whole story then. You might need a cold one for this...

    So my STS was in storage for the winter because I have a Focus for my daily driving now. Over the winter I saw that there was a bunch of the green oil slime everywhere on the driver side. In March I put insurance back on the car and started driving it again. But there was a weird noise coming from what sounded like the drivers hub area. It was a sort of screeching noise that went with each turn of the wheel and only happened when you go <30 MPH. So I replaced the CV Axle and since it's me I did it wrong . I took the rotor and hub off then took off the struts lower bolts ( I did follow a tutorial on here tho!). I was able to remove the old CV Axle came out in 2 separate parts. Then I put the new one in and when I tried to connect the lower bolts again there was about a 1" drop on the strut. So I called a buddy and they said to remove the strut. Easy right? Well I did it my way and removed the big nut FIRST, then the 3 small ones. Luckily it just shot straight down like a rocket and didn't explode. I eventually shimmed the strut(with no compression in the spring) out of the wheel well and recomposed it back together with a spring compressor and put the top nut on. So now the strut is back on the car with the 3 small bolts.

    My problem is that there is still that gap in the picture above because the strut is too low. SO how would you guys recommend to fix this the proper way?

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    Re: Front strut compression

    Did you seat the spring correctly in the strut? You should not have that much length

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    Re: Front strut compression

    something is wrong - either the spring isn't seated properly -
    or something got bent when the strut came apart -

    USUALLY you just pry the control arm down SLIGHTLY
    to put the two big bolts through the strut -

    slow down - take a deep breath - and remove the strut assembly -

    take some pics of the strut - top view and a couple side views -
    we need to see the spring seats clearly to determine nothing is bent -

    and the top view to be sure everything is properly bolted together -

    and know this - you are far from the first guy to do this -
    like I said earlier - I ran into this situation 30 years ago -
    you are DAMN LUCKY you didn't get hurt -

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    Re: Front strut compression

    A spring that is seated wrong will not make the strut longer. The strut will only be so long no matter what. Just push down on the control arm to line it up.

    Don

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    Re: Front strut compression

    I agree with Daddio, just push down on the lower control arm. The gap will disappear.

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    That hasn't been the case when I've changed them. The strut itself had to be compressed slightly to get the holes to line up.

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