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mmmmsass4
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Jun 24, 2016, 1:58 AM

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  post locked   Strut replacement  

2007 Dodge Grand Caravan with 150,000 miles. Front passenger side strut repair. I purchased quik strut assemblies for the front end of my van. Drivers side was simple - removed entire strut as a unit and installed pre-assembled new strut. On passenger side, the shock is broken. The piston rod that goes up into the center of the upper strut mount and is secured by a nut has ripped out of the upper strut mount. Not the three little bolts the hold the strut mount in place, the main bolt the holds the strut assembly together. I can slide the shock piston up & down with my hand. The outer spring is still under tension. My question: Do I need to rent a spring compressor to safely remove the strut assembly from the vehicle? Will lifting the vehicle remove the tension from the spring since it is no longer held compressed by the shock nut?


Hammer Time
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Jun 24, 2016, 2:11 AM

Post #2 of 4 (233 views)
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You won't be able to lift the van enough to relieve the spring pressure. You will need a spring compressor. Either that of just cut the spring in half with a cut off wheel. Be careful doing that though as there will still be some tension on it when the cut goes through. Take as much weight off the spring as possible first.



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Jun 24, 2016, 2:12 AM)


mmmmsass4
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Jun 24, 2016, 2:27 PM

Post #3 of 4 (218 views)
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Update: Took your advice, jacked the van up high and cut the spring in half. It wasn't under too much pressure and dropped right out. Finished up the job, no problems. Thank You!!


Hammer Time
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Jun 24, 2016, 2:56 PM

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Glad to hear you got it resolved.

Closing this now as solved.



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