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 Old 10-05-2014, 04:50 PM   #1
 
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gen pu, how the fuck do I press the front strut back into the spindle??? We tried securing the top hat first, then jacking up the control arm, the strut is not going in, we only compressed the spring. Now we are trying to wiggle the strut in without bolting the top hat, no dice either. We hammered the strut out, if we need to hammer it back in, there is not enough space to do it from the bottom. Any other ideas? Put some lube on the strut and in the spindle?

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I had trouble getting it to seat also. One side I was able to simply put a jack under the ball joint and jack the car up. The other side gave me trouble. Basically I had to put the wheel back on and lower the car back down on the wheels a few times, dropping it pretty hard from the floor jack back down. Basically I dropped the car down from a foot off the ground
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Make sure it's going in straight. Sometimes you need to grab the knuckle and move it around a bit until it lines up. If the strut is misaligned at all it just binds.

If you absolutely can't get it, spread the strut holder piece slightly apart. Don't do it much, because it can mess it up.
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Like is it not going in at all or is the tab not sliding in the right spot. Gen pu still has the tab on RIGHT?

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You most likely will need to stretch where it goes in to the spindle. I used a fat screwdriver, or a small crow bar, and pounded it in to spread it. Just be careful not to hit the cv boot. ;-)

The other option is to reverse thread the bolt and place some metal in between, which will spread it.

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The tab is aligned, we are trying the reverse bolt method to spread the mount, the strut went halfway in and is stuck for now, will try to spread some more or maybe we should just lower the car at this point.
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I had some problems too with my H&R coilovers but what I did was secure the strut and top hat, then line up the spindle and bottom of strut, clean inside of the spindle, use ALOT of penetrating oil and then jack up from bottom, i just changed both of my front bushing and top hats last night and that's how I did it, worked like a charm, getting them to release was far harder, long 2x4 and a metal hammer solved that problem
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Ok, the strut is in, it got stuck midway, but we jacked it up high, then dropped real quick and it went in a bit, so we started jacking it up and dropping down, and after several rounds, it went completely in.
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I had the same exact issue and my car was brand new when I did mine I DP'd the shit out of it then had to hammer it back in with the air impact hammer luckily I was at a garage because there was no way it was going back in
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Just play with it. It will eventually drop in. I got it to what I thought was aligned, it dropped an inch then bound and then I hit the spindle with a mallet a few times and it dropped in.
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