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    Guys, after some quick pointers so I can carry on lowering my car tomorrow.....I'm trying to remove my front struts to swap the springs over, I've followed the haynes manual .....

    I've got the lower 3 bolts removed, disk/hub supported by some rope to stop it stressing the brake lines when its loose, I've undone the 3 strut bolts in the engine bay but the thing wont budge ! Where is the best place to apply some gentle persuasion with a hammer or mallet ? It looks to be seized in around the 3 bolts at the bottom of the strut, any ideas ?
     
     

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    A sturdy pry bar will do the trick....
    If you lever it at the bottom of the strut, position the pry bar in the middle of the 2 bolt holes and lever from underneath. They are on a locating pin between those lower bolts holes and can stick on.
    They usually do go after some persuation....

    BTW, what year and model is your E36 Ali...
     
     

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    This ones a '97 318ti Compact, picked it up last weekend to replace my 95 compact....Both hell red ! Just got black grilles and CCFL's on today, but ran out of time with the daylight !
    I'll put some pics up tomorrow....
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by ali_b View Post
    This ones a '97 318ti Compact, picked it up last weekend to replace my 95 compact....Both hell red ! Just got black grilles and CCFL's on today, but ran out of time with the daylight !
    I'll put some pics up tomorrow....
    Nice one mate....
    Will look forward to seeing some pics. Let us know how it goes with the struts as well....
     
     

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    Get in ! First one off.....
    Im gonna make sure the other does before I dismantle the springs from strut......

    Thanks Steve
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by ali_b View Post
    Get in ! First one off.....
    Im gonna make sure the other does before I dismantle the springs from strut......

    Thanks Steve
    Job done. Glad it came off....
     
     

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    Any tips for getting the strut back on the car lol.....

    Its almost like its too long !! I know it came off so it must go back on, Im pulling the disk / hub outwards as far as possible without putting any strain on the brake lines but its like the strut is too long now... should I be locating the 3 bolts in the engine bay at all before the lower bolts ?

    Just cant seem to get the strut locating pin anywhere near the locating eye on the hub !!

    frustrated..........
     
     

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    Attach the three bolts in the strut top, then you can lift the hub up enough to slide the top bolt through. When you slide the top bolt in, you can pull the strut towards you abnd it will locate against the pin enough to get the lower 2 bolts into the hub. Gently wind in the two bolts and it will pull the strut agianst the hub....
     
     

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    Firstly thanks for the help yesterday Steve,

    Rule #1 - GET A FRIEND TO HELP, with him pushing the lower arm down it was much easier for me to line up the top bolt, then the bottom 2 - the locating pin 'located' itself and the 3 bolts up top where a piece of p1ss.

    But I didnt get the springs swapped ! - I couldn't get the top bolt off the strut when it was off the car, can I undo this whilst its on the car next time ? So I've got something to push against ? - I have no air/impact wrench and no vice ?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve23002 View Post
    Nice one mate....
    Will look forward to seeing some pics. Let us know how it goes with the struts as well....
    Heres the CCFL's and new grille I put on this weekend , not sure about the grille to be honest, Dont really like the shiney surround so I'll flat it back this weekend and paint satin black :

    P.s Still on the jack for the struts at this point !!



    Also put in an M3 centre arm rest, I'll get some piccies up for that later.
     
     

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