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      01-06-2007, 05:39 PM   #1
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help coil spring diy

I'm replacing my non sp spring with H & R and have been trying to follow the diy here http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15397.
Having a hard time trying to loosen the strut nut. No matter how many times I turn, the nut just wont come off. . I'll appreciate any help for those who've done the diy install.
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      01-06-2007, 06:00 PM   #2
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You usually have to use an impact gun to get enough speed to break it loose other wise the shaft of the strut will spin along with the nut when you turn it. You can use a pair of pliers (locking pliers work best) to grip the shaft and hold it while you turn the nut but you have to use a very thick cloth or piece of rubber between the shaft and the pliers so you do not damage the strut. If the shaft gets scratched deep enough in the right place it could leak. Try to grab it as close to the top as possible.

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Nice to see people using my DIY!

What nut are you calling the "strut nut"? The one at the top of the front strut, once you slide it out from under the fender? If so, I can give you 2 things to try. First, make sure the strut isn't spinning when you turn the nut. Secondly, make sure you are using a deep enough, proper fitting socket.

If you're doing both of those already, get some spray loosener, or wd-40 on there.
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Thanks for the reply. I'm actually doing the rears. The nut that holds the rear strut to the control arm is the one thats not coming off. I actually use a 15mm open wrench to keep the strut shaft from turning when l loosen strut nut. The nut turns and the strut shaft stays but still nothing is coming off. Any ideas?
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Thanks for the reply. I'm actually doing the rears. The nut that holds the rear strut to the control arm is the one thats not coming off. I actually use a 15mm open wrench to keep the strut shaft from turning when l loosen strut nut. The nut turns and the strut shaft stays but still nothing is coming off. Any ideas?
The strut piston is threaded, so there's no possible way to spin the nut and not have it either loosen, or turn the piston, unless the threads are stripped. Are you 100% sure that the nut is spinning? I can remember the socket being tough to seat properly in the lower control arm slot that the strut bolts to. I didn't have a 19mm deep socket, but I bet that may help you.
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I'm using a deep socket. The threads are not stripped. I'm 100% sure the nut is spinning and the strut piston is not when I try to loosen. Do you think I need to access the nut on top of the strut near the speakers? I know its not in your DIY and it will be more work, but at this stage I'm willing to try anything.
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U should try to put a 15 or 16mm open end on the spot above the contol arm on the strut.. the oem strut has a spot for an open end to ensure the lower nut will come off without difficulty without it spinning

ALSO FYI; the top nut of the rear strut has nothing to do with the bottom nut!.. u need to make sure the strut itself does not spin not the upper part that goes up/down
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U should try to put a 15 or 16mm open end on the spot above the contol arm on the strut.. the oem strut has a spot for an open end to ensure the lower nut will come off without difficulty without it spinning

ALSO FYI; the top nut of the rear strut has nothing to do with the bottom nut!.. u need to make sure the strut itself does not spin not the upper part that goes up/down
I've tried to put a 15mm open end on the spot in the strut to keep it from turning while I loosen the lower nut, see my earlier post. The darn thing just won't come off.
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I've tried to put a 15mm open end on the spot in the strut to keep it from turning while I loosen the lower nut, see my earlier post. The darn thing just won't come off.
Ok so your saying with the strut held and the socket on the lower nut the nut is locked or it just spins??? like is so tight u just cant break it??
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Ok so your saying with the strut held and the socket on the lower nut the nut is locked or it just spins??? like is so tight u just cant break it??
the strut is definitely held and doesn't spin while the lower nut just spins and spins without coming loose.
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Finally done!!! Took me a while. But diy complete. Thanks for those who responded to my questions. Attached are some pics.Name:  1_14_07 (E90_1).JPG
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