How hard to install struts on a 2000 dodge grand caravan?

I have changed shocks on older cars and found the process straight forward, but I've never done struts. Do I have to remove anything other that the wheel/tire to do the job? Do I need any special tools? Does anyone know of a step-by-step on the web? Thanks!

Asked By: John L - 10/6/2006
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I'd get someone at a shop to do it.They have a strut spring compressor that is safer than the one you would probably use. Also they have impact wrenches which makes getting the big nut off the top alot easier because if you do it by hand the strut tube in the center is gonna turn with the nut and not come off. But if... More
Answered By: whtsthislif4 - 10/6/2006
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about a 8 on the10 scale :(
Answered By: edselmanll - 10/6/2006
Compared to the cars you have worked on before, yes, it is hard and, yes, you need special tools. When you buy the new struts, there are instructions that come with. By the way, if you try and back-yard mechanic the job with home made tools, there is a good chance you will be seriously hurt
Answered By: rex_rrracefab - 10/6/2006
If you do not have a strut compressor do not attempt. If you remove the top nut the full force of the spring will let loose and you will get hurt. This is a job for the professional with the right equipment.
Answered By: Dave - 10/6/2006
Yes you need a spring compressor.. its best to have someone at least install the springs onto the struts... It can be dangerous !!! These vehicle also have a tendency to rust out the tops of the crowns where the struts mount... These must be repaired properly or you'll have your strut coming out the hood !!! and... More
Answered By: frank26694 - 10/6/2006
There is considerably more to it than just removing a wheel and a nut or two, not to mention you'll need an alignment once it is done unless you have a bubble level. Also, without a spring compressor you stand the chance of taking your head off once you remove the strut tower nut. Leave it to a professional with the... More
Answered By: jerry4_fun - 10/6/2006
The book calls for about 4.2 hours to replace the front struts on this vehicle. You will need a set of spring compressors to keep the springs compressed while you have the strut off the vehicle. You should be able to buy a maintance book (haynes, or chiltons) at your local auto parts store and it will describe... More
Answered By: Zenas Walter - 10/6/2006
Make sure you have money in your wallet or a credit card. Take the car to a repair shop. Call for a ride. Later go pick up the car/van. Enjoy... More
Answered By: bliden - 10/6/2006
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