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    Default Strut nightmare

    Took one of my front struts off earlier to replace the coil spring.

    How on earth are you supposed to get the ****** top nut off?

    It's impossible to get a spanner on it (including swan-necks) and you can't get it with a socket as you have to hold the centre of the rod with a T50 whilst turning it.

    Anyone got any tips?

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    Just checked the how2...

    The sparkplug socket method is what I've been doing, but my T-50 is nowhere near long enough to get to the rod through the socket...

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    hi mate know what you mean, i took my strut to a local friendly garage who put it in a vice and put the air tool on it and off she came, they are tight and i would not of got it off on my own! hth.

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    Finally done it thank god!

    Had to wrap the jaws of my mole grips in rubber, grab the top of the strut (above the limit of what goes past the seals) and hold it tight while I got a socket on the top.

    I've mangled the torx slot on the rod quite badly so had to use the same method for tightening back up, but it seems to have done the job.

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    Vortex sockets is the way to go , I have used mine loads. It makes it so easy.

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    I bought a set of these for just this reason

    http://www.abbeypowertools.co.uk/sub...s-0001350.aspx

    They are excellent (if a little pricey) but they get the job done and you wouldn't believe how often you use them

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    Isn't it best to crack the nut a little before you remove it from the car, i.e. whilst it's still held in situ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezzy View Post
    Isn't it best to crack the nut a little before you remove it from the car, i.e. whilst it's still held in situ?
    Yep, wish I'd thought about that before!

    I've learnt my lesson and already cracked the nut for the other side while it's still in place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kman247 View Post
    Vortex sockets is the way to go , I have used mine loads. It makes it so easy.

    i want one

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    I found this job fairly easy!, remove strut, put spring compressors on, wiz of with air gun no prob,

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