Difficult rear strut removal

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Difficult rear strut removal

Postby andrewclaus » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:59 am

No advice needed, just a report on a solved problem. I replaced rear struts yesterday and nearly had to come here for advice but I figured it out. (07 base model).

I got all the nuts loose, but the 14mm bolt head that screws up from below was jammed against the coil spring. I have not done many of these and didn't know how to proceed. I finally realized the spring had shifted along wih its rubber base. Is this common?

I ended up successful with my 2' crowbar, prying the spring a few mm over to make room for a socket wall. That's much easier to say than do, and I have a small forehead cut from the fender skirt .

The new struts are about 50% heavier than the old ones and about 3 cm longer.

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Re: Difficult rear strut removal

Postby vibrologist » Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:22 am

The new struts are about 50% heavier than the old ones and about 3 cm longer.

Must be Monroe quick struts.
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Re: Difficult rear strut removal

Postby jolt » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:23 pm

Does the car sit any higher than it did before your replaced the strut assemblies? New springs I take it, how much higher does the rear sit now?

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Re: Difficult rear strut removal

Postby andrewclaus » Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:45 pm

I didn't measure height, but I perceive a slight increase. I haven't driven it yet, but my wife says it handles differently.

I got these: https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Rear-Complete-Struts-Shocks-Coil-Springs-w-Mounts-for-03-08-Toyota-Corolla/263639309225?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

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Re: Difficult rear strut removal

Postby vibrologist » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:28 pm

If the ebay picture is of the actual strut then the spring has 9 windings, one more than the original. The Monroe struts have an extra winding as well and they are taller than the original.
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