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Old November 1st, 2010, 08:33   #1
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Default Remove front strut assembly

Does the lower control arm have to be removed? I want to remove the entire assembly.

I loosened the lower knuckle bolt and spread the connector. I have managed to get 80% of the strut out but I can't see how I can get the rest.
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Old November 1st, 2010, 08:47   #2
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Doing the passenger side. Read some posts that contradict each other.
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Old November 1st, 2010, 09:30   #3
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If you loosen the subframe bolts you will have enough room to get the strut out. Be careful not to take them all the way out.
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ok. Bentley says to remove drive axle on the passenger side. That was the step I was missing. I wonder if I should just lower the subframe?

Anyone?
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Old November 1st, 2010, 09:44   #5
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Lower the sub frame. When I did mine the two large bolts actually fell out because I loosened them too much, but nothing happened. I had to coax the sub frame down as it had a tendency to want to stay up. Also I think that both wheels have to be off the ground at the same time.
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Old November 1st, 2010, 11:10   #6
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If you loosen the subframe bolts you will have enough room to get the strut out. Be careful not to take them all the way out.
Pretty sure you have to take them out and replace as they are TTY.
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Old November 1st, 2010, 11:14   #7
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Pretty sure you have to take them out and replace as they are TTY.

Got it done with just doing one side of the subframe. Now i am back to the tool store for a 22mm tool since the sparkplug tool won't fit the new nut on the Bilsteins. Always something...

TTY is also claimed in the Bentley for the knuckle bolt yet i see posts here where this is not being followed.

Anyone? I almost know the dealers don't keep these bolts in stock. I guess I could order them and replace them in a few days.
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I always play it safe and replace tty. Also you can use a spring compressor to compress them enough to get them out. That is how I did it with my lift kit.
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I almost know the dealers don't keep these bolts in stock.
Yes, that's why a couple times a month we get posts of peoples engines falling out because the dealerships refuse to replace the TTY bolts holding the engine.
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Old November 2nd, 2010, 04:06   #10
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"ok. Bentley says to remove drive axle on the passenger side. That was the step I was missing. I wonder if I should just lower the subframe?Anyone?"

I did exactly as bentley said and the front struts came out fine. You do not have to lower the subframe if you do this.

Supposidly, the subframe bolts are one-time-use bolts and must be replaced if loosened.

I also replaced my steering stabilizer bar bushings, since the bar has to be unbolted from the control arms to get the struts out.

FYI, idparts.com has the bolts you need.

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I'm in a similar situation. Just replaced my LCA bushings, ball joints, tie rod ends and now doing the strut mounts. I did loosen the Subframe bolts to get some other parts out. Where do I get these bolts?
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FYI, idparts.com has the bolts you need.

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Ah! ID Parts. I missed that somehow. Thanks
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I have seen some debate over TTy bolts in a number of posts. And, I generally try to go by the book, but in this case I did not. Why...because technically they should be replaced and then when you take your car to get it aligned, technically they should be replaced again because they have to be loosened for the alignment.
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 14:01   #14
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To remove the passenger side strut without removing the axle:

Turn the steering wheel all the way to the right. This will give you an extra 1/2" or so needed to get the strut assembly out of the knuckle.
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Old November 5th, 2010, 07:16   #15
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Ok. I replaced my struts with Bilsteins HD. I am wondering if I needed to have swapped over the front Strut Stop Bushing from the old strut? I didn't because I assumed the strut was complete.

Anyone know if this was needed?
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