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Rear Strut Replacement 97 Outback
Posted 10 February 2005 - 10:05 PM
My question is, has anyone replaced their rear struts recently? Is it a cartridge system? Does one need spring compressor to replace just the cartidge? Does one just but the whole shebang including spring?
Any help would be most appreciated.
Posted 11 February 2005 - 11:00 AM
You need a spring compressor. Borrowed one at Canadiant Tire (you buy and they give you your money back when you bring them back). You probably can find same in the US. You can keep the springs and replace only the struts. Easier to use the compression tool if you have an impact wrench (air or electrical).
My car is a little older than yours and maybe it's not applicable to you but I also replaced the strut top supports and adjoining hardware.
Have a good breaker bar cause the big bolts that join the struts to the wheel knuckle are sometimes rusty and hard to get off.
One problem is the brake lines. I followed the advide of a board member (forgot who it was) and cut part of the holding tab (with a Dremel) on the stut, bent back part of it to remove the line and did the reverse when reinstalling.
Haynes offers good advice on how to proceed.
Make a seardh with «strut replacement» and you'll find more info.
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