Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Westminster, CO
2010 Genesis, 2009 Kia Sorento, 2008 Sonata, 2004 Jeep Cherokee
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1. Always mark the location of the three bolts at the top of the strut tower. White-out works best, white shoe liquid is second best, black marker is worst.
2. Use eye protection and gloves.
3. Ensure that you block the tire of the opposing wheel from the strut you are removing.
4. Always use jack stands.
5. You will need to get the wheel alignment checked afterward.
6. Use due care when releasing the tension on the coil spring. Careless release can kill or wound.
7. Check your CV joints boots in the bellows for cracks or splits. Easy to take care of while you have the wheel and strut off.
8. Register for hmaservice.com, and review there step-by-step instructions for strut removal.
9. Don't remember any odd size bolts, but you will need a large adjustable wrench or pipe wrench to remove the securing nut at the top of the strut...or was that a GM product?
10. Just check the lower control arm, the upper and lower spindle for any bending.
11. Might as well replace the the lower ball joint on left and right side while you are there.
12. Might as well replace the brake pads while you are there and check the rotors' remaining thickness.
Where's my bailout?