When I did the '96 front brake upgrade out of a Lumina, I also got the soft and pillowy, worn-out oil struts from the car I took them from. Since my originals were so old I scrapped them along with a few thousand more pounds of metal recycle. Now it's time to pay the piper and put new gas struts in. I got a set of AC Delco gas struts and was reviewing the service manual, which says these can be done without taking the strut assembly out of the car and without using spring compressors.
BUT - some special tools are required.
I've done struts the usual way with a strut-compressor before. Has anyone ever done it this way before on a 1st-gen? It looks like you just pull the strut plates (or STB in my case), unscrew it and it lifts out the top, no fuss no.... well, a little muss, it says to remove the oil. Not sure what that's about.
Can the tools from a standard loaner-tool complement at Autozone/O'Reillys be used for this process?
J35668 Strut Extension Rod J35669 Strut Rod Nut Remover & Installer
J35671 Strut Cap Nut Wrench
J38844 Strut Alignment Tool
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