About to replace my front struts for the first time. Are there any tricks to keep from making rookie mistakes?

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Here are a few tips: 

  1. Always replace your entire strut assembly and not just the strut. In other words don't reuse the old spring. 
  2. Use a breaker bar to remove the bolts that secure the strut to the steering knuckle. 
  3. Use penetraitng oil on the bolts to make it easier on yourself. 
  4. Replace both front struts (which you are already doing). 
  5. Keep in mind front wheel alighment is recommended after strut replacment.

Let us know if you have any more questions.  

THank you - did the repairs and it worked out great.  Snapped a stud though - wasn't paying attention!

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