I spent the morning swapping out the springs & struts on my wife’s Explorer. I bought a neat package made by FCS Auto with new springs already loaded on the struts. This saved some time and effort, but more importantly, it kept me from having to fiddle with loading springs. It’s safer that way, but it leads to a problem (see the bottom of the post).

They were shipped just like this, no extra packaging required.

A lot of paper kept them from knocking around in the boxes.

One spring & strut combo, ready to be bolted on!

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The next step was chocking the wheels, getting the explorer up on jack stands and taking everything apart.

The strut is bolted to the knuckle with two bolts secured by two nuts. The bolts are scored to prevent them from turning, so the nuts must be removed and the bolts hammered out. The strut also has a link to the front sway bar which has to be unbolted, but this one doesn’t have a bolt head on the back side, so it requires a wrench for the nut and a socket for the shaft. Fun stuff.

The strut is held in at the top by four nuts.

The strut bolts were too tall for my deep-well sockets, so it gave me an opportunity to try out my pass-through socket wrench. It works better than I expected!

Getting the sway bar link line up required judicious use of a jack. Yeah, I don’t have a floor jack. It’s on the list of nice-to-have tools, but it hasn’t made it to the must-have list yet.

All done!

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Now here’s the conundrum. I have two old struts with loaded springs that need to go away. I can’t just toss them into the trash. Any ideas, Oppo?