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Quick PSA about strut spring mounts - '99 V70 XC 31212730, 30714686, 1387860 Topic is solved

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Quick PSA about strut spring mounts - '99 V70 XC 31212730, 30714686, 1387860

Post by wizechatmgr » Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:33 pm

If you run into an issue removing them where the strut assembly won't come free because of the sway bar end links, apply a little heat after putting tension on them and then hit it with an impact wrench. Spun the nut right off it without issue.

In my case my struts are shot and I cannot replace them until next year, so I still replaced the spring seat. You may run out of spring compressor here - if you do, make sure to pull the shaft of the strut assembly back out of the strut or you'll never get the seat back on. I learned this in an embarrassing manner...

Also note - if you keep blowing out spring seats, your struts are likely bad.
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Re: Quick PSA about strut spring mounts - '99 V70 XC  Topic is solved

Post by abscate » Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:58 am

If you run into an issue removing them where the strut assembly won't come free because of the sway bar end links, apply a little heat after putting tension on them and then hit it with an impact wrench. Spun the nut right off it without issue.
I remember painfully grinding that bolt off, I bet that technique would have worked.

Don’t even think of trying to counter hold the link with the small Torx counterhold, your bit will snap like a carrot

My pain was here

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Re: Quick PSA about strut spring mounts - '99 V70 XC 31212730, 30714686, 1387860

Post by abscate » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:07 am

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