What tools do you need to replace a MacPherson strut?

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Tools Needed to switch MacPherson Struts:

Depending on the arrangement of your car, there is a spread of tools you will need, but normally, you’ll be able to remove most front struts with a basic kit. Bear in mind that almost all of the bolts are going to be VERY tight, so even a 3/8 inch drive ratchet set might not be enough for the task.

A ball joint splitter might also be needed to pry the control arm and rod end removed from the underside of the hub. Some setups feature Torx bolts too, so check to determine if your car has them, and what size bits you’ll need, before starting.

If you are doing must take the strut, spring, and top mount apart, then you may need a spring compressor. These are available in the hand-held variety, which you hook over the spring and ‘wind in’ to compress the spring, or as a stand-alone unit which the entire strut fits into. Whichever you choose for taking care of, as there’s plenty of mechanical energy stored during a compressed coil!

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