Following are things to look out for.
1. Abrasion marks. On inner wheel arch, body or strut housing.
2. Compare tire angle between right and left. If a tire is slanting more than the other, it could be a bent strut housing.
Tools would depend on what to replace/repair.
If it is struts that require replacing, you would need a spring compressor. To eliminate this, get a used strut assy from the scrap yard, it should come as an assy and does not require any special tools.
It is not necessary to replace both sides at the same time if you are using used ones. If replacing with new struts, it would be preferable to replace both.
You would need a jack to lift up vehicle and stands to hold before proceeding with ay work. Removal of wheel would provide better access to the area.
Others are basic tools, 12 mm, 14mm, 17mm hex spanners and alan key only if strut replacement is done.
Thursday, April 9th, 2009 AT 9:45 AM