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How hard is it to replace

the front shocks on my 156 Sportswagon?
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Re: How hard is it to replace

I think several people here have done this ...

It would normally involved

a) removing the strut (with or without the bottom mounting fork?)
b) clamping the spring
c) removing the top mounting
d) removing the shock from the strut

.. then replacing it in reverse order.

I've dropped the front struts on mine twice to replace upper arms and this part wasn't hard, but not had to touch the shocks yet ... (touching wood as I type this!!)
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Re: How hard is it to replace

I have just done my rears, and the bolts on those seize and were a complete bugger, and where you hammer the bolts out, you bugger them and need new ones (5)

the front dism,antleing for fitting a new lower wishbone did not have any difficult bolts, but you might need the below

7mm hex on a socket (to torque the caliper bolts if removed for access)
a deep 22mm socket
an angled 22mm spanner (like swan neck - normal combination spanner will not do it) to remove the top nuts while holding the centre rod with..
6mm allen key (preferably on a socket for leverage)
a Deep 19mm and 17mm sockets and spanners for the various suspension bolts
spring compressors - essential
mole grips - to grip the top of the rod when re torqing the top mount nut
thread lock - for caliper bolts (or new bolts with it on)
Lots of time
another car behind your incase you need to get parts etc

Top tips: for a week before, soak all bolts etc etc (not near brakes) in WD40 or anti sieze stuff so easier to undo

Also take a day off, a wednesday, that way if you need to get and order parts from the dealer, you can do that Wednesday, they are there Friday for you to finishe the job at the w/e, as these things never go to plan

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