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Old 02-29-2008, 09:58 AM
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changing arear struts in 97 cavaleir

My friends 97 cavalier is making a loud clunking noise from the rear i think its the rear struts. Are these easy to change never done rear struts have done front. Do you need to compress these just like the front? Thanks any help would be appreciated.

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yep just like the front ones, however the rear strut springs arent nearly as stiff or big as the front ones.

I always recommend taking the struts to a shop to have the springs swapped.
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If you can get at the strut top, remove the nut securing the strut
rod to the strut top, both sides, jack the car up off the springs and
remove the strut, reverse order to assemble...

Just as an asides, I've been doing my Capri this way for 25+ years,
you don't need a strut spring compressor, the weight of the car works
just fine...

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