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How do you replace the front struts on a 1995 Saturn SL1 and do you recommend replacing anything else in that area while you are in it?

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September 12, 2011 8:56PM

The front struts are held in by (3) nuts under the hood and (2) bolts that hold them to the wheel bearing knuckles. If you have access to a 1/2" pnuematic impact wrench the removal process will take about 5 minutes per strut. You will need a strut spring compression tool to compress the spring and remove the strut mount. I recommend replacing the strut mounts when you replace the struts as the are a wear item. Removing the nut that hold the strut to the strut mount will require a box wrench and a 6mm Allen wrench, put the box wrench on the nut and use the Allen wrench to turn the strut rod. This is also easily removed by the 1/2" pnuematic impact wrench.

Reassembly is the reverse of disassembly. You will need to have a wheel alignment performed when you are done as the cast/camber of you tires will be off and will cause severe tire wear.

Good Luck