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Old November 18th, 2010, 02:36 PM   #1
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Default Struts on a 1999 Taurus

Has anyone done it? How hard is it? I must admit, I have done a lot on cars but I've never changed struts.

Any tips of tricks would be much appreciated.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 02:39 PM   #2
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get qwick struts there more money but will make your life alot easier and the ride will be awsome, not only that im shure ur springs are broke on it ... you just dont know yet.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 02:45 PM   #3
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get qwick struts there more money but will make your life alot easier and the ride will be awsome, not only that im shure ur springs are broke on it ... you just dont know yet.
x2 on the quick struts. That is the only way to go! I had to do them on a 2000 once. Took me about 2 1/2 hours, had to take the back seat out, and my swaybar links were also broken, as well as the springs. All in all not a bad job. Makes it look like you put a 3" lift on the rear when your done if yours are as bad as mine were
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get qwick struts there more money but will make your life alot easier and the ride will be awsome, not only that im shure ur springs are broke on it ... you just dont know yet.
Yup, the passenger side rear spring is broken.
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tryed to do them a hour into it spring clamps broke spent 4 hours in er after 15 stiches took car to muffler man go with quick struts
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I was planning on going with quick struts. I was told they just bolt right in, is this correct??
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Yep you don't have to take the old ones apart with quick struts. they come with mounts and springs. Like people say by links it will save you time. Also you need the car pretty high off the ground. If I remember right on Taurus's the bottom of the strut slides into the knuckle and you have to pry down on the knuckle.
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The one's i got were.
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tryed to do them a hour into it spring clamps broke spent 4 hours in er after 15 stiches took car to muffler man go with quick struts
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The one's i got were.
Maybe I don't want to do this.
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I did the rear strut on my gf's car.. it was pretty easy, ran into some trouble with the pinch bolt on the bottom... heat it up with a torch so it comes out without breaking....

i just replaced the strut, and used the old spring (it was OK)

And the sway bar links where broken.. id just get new ones, because if they are not broke, they will be shortly..
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Their easy. But Ive done quite a few. if you have an air hammer and a good impact its all cake. just buy new sway bar links and the rest should be trouble free.
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With quick struts, it's easy. The biggest PITA of doing struts is if you are swapping out springs.

You may want to get new stabilizer bar links as you will probably fukc them up when removing them off the strut.

You have the strut to knuckle bolt at the bottom, the stabilizer link, and then the top three mounting bolts. Remove the top three mounting bolts, jack up the car, remove the stabilizer bar link and the lower bolt and it's out. Repeat for reassembly.

That's on the front, rear will be very similar except accessing the top three mounting bolts can be a PITA.
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With quick struts, it's easy. The biggest PITA of doing struts is if you are swapping out springs.

You may want to get new stabilizer bar links as you will probably fukc them up when removing them off the strut.

You have the strut to knuckle bolt at the bottom, the stabilizer link, and then the top three mounting bolts. Remove the top three mounting bolts, jack up the car, remove the stabilizer bar link and the lower bolt and it's out. Repeat for reassembly.

That's on the front, rear will be very similar except accessing the top three mounting bolts can be a PITA.
So sway bar links all the way around is a good idea?
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So sway bar links all the way around is a good idea?
I would buy the parts just in case to have them there, because sway bar links are really easy to fukc up when you're removing them especially on an 11 year old car. Trying to keep the allen head from getting stripped out when removing the nut is common. Then you're stuck using vice grips to hold on to the shaft and you can screw up the threads.
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torch the sway bar links off if you got one
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oh ... and get monroes ... if you get a cheap knock off you will have fitment issues and it will sit like a monster truck.
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Yes, applying heat to a gas charged strut is an EXCELLENT idea.
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did i say strut? ... nope i said sway bar link. k thx bye
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did i say strut? ... nope i said sway bar link. k thx bye
What does one end of the sway bar link attach to that you'll be removing and taking a torch to?

The strut.

K thx bye moron.
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With quick struts, it's easy. The biggest PITA of doing struts is if you are swapping out springs.

You may want to get new stabilizer bar links as you will probably fukc them up when removing them off the strut.

You have the strut to knuckle bolt at the bottom, the stabilizer link, and then the top three mounting bolts. Remove the top three mounting bolts, jack up the car, remove the stabilizer bar link and the lower bolt and it's out. Repeat for reassembly.

That's on the front, rear will be very similar except accessing the top three mounting bolts can be a PITA.

DO NOT DO IT THIS WAY. Leave the bolts in the top so they hold the strut up when you pry down on the knuckle. Undo/remove link first. Then remove bottom pinch bolt. Pry/hammer knuckle down and pivot out of the way when strut comes out. remove three upper nuts.
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