1995 Dodge Caravan front struts

Tiny
BGREENFIELD
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  • 1995 DODGE CARAVAN
Suspension problem
1995 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

How hard is it to replace the front struts on my car, Do I need any special tools?
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Sunday, December 27th, 2009 AT 5:16 PM

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Tiny
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This isn't exactly a do-it-yourself project. You'll need a strut compressor and wrenches. You'll need to unbolt the brake hose. Do you know what to do if that bolt breaks off? The two lower mounting bolts have pressure on them and one is slotted for one of the alignment adjustments. It is a critical adjustment that is impossible to set without doing an alignment. If you don't get both wheels very close to the correct setting, you will grind your tires off on the way to the alignment shop. If you assemble the lower mounts with anti-seize compound, the clamping forces will not be able to hold the knuckle in proper alignment and your alignment tech will have to disassemble everything again to clean them. There went any money you saved on labor by doing this yourself.

Compressed springs are very dangerous to handle. You only have to compress them a little, but remember, you're holding compressed springs that are strong enough to hold up the vehicle. If the compressor slips off, you could easily lose a finger or eye. You must also inspect the upper mounts. One solution to all the safety issues is to buy struts with new springs and upper mounts already installed. You'll pay a lot more but you won't need any special tools. You WILL have to have an alignment done right away.

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Monday, December 28th, 2009 AT 10:29 PM

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