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Front Suspension Strut Spring Removal?

Hi all,

I really hope someone can help me? Iím trying to amaze myself with another home repair that will save me a fortune!

The main purpose of this thread is to find out how I can remove all components at the top part of my front suspension strut so I can remove the broken spring and fit a new one.

First I'll tell you about the fun and games I've had today (and scars too)....

My front o/s suspension coil spring snapped yesterday. I booked today off work to tackle the repair myself as I'm strapped for cash and boy, did I have fun...not!

The very first bolt I needed to remove, which was the anti-roll bar link was not wanting to be kind to my knuckles, arms or hands and fingers. The bolt has a hex shape for a hex bit. You insert your hex bit to hold the bolt still and use a spanner to unscrew the nut. Hang on though...that's far to straight forward. Was it that easy? Of course not! Nothing is ever easy. The hex shape in the end of the bolt rounded off. Inserting larger hex bits simply made the bolt wider, hence making the nut more stubborn!

I tried everything to remove the nut including a blow torch (to melt the nylon thread coating), mole grips, WD40 (soaked over night the previous night), leverage behind the bolt whilst turning the nut, and practically everything else to relieve my anger!

I spent 4 hours trying to remove this nut so save me having to saw the anti-roll bar link but in the end I had to give in as darkness was looming and Iíd got nowhere fast!!! There was nothing else I could do. The saw came out and both ends of the link were gladly removed!!! Why do car manufacturers make parts out of such rubbish metals??? I's cheap.

So anyway, I eventually removed the strut from my Laguna and now needed to buy a new link.

Anyway, to the pointÖI would really appreciate someone telling me what tool and size tool I need to remove the nut (not the nut under the bonnet. This came off fine) from the very top of the strut so that the loose bump rubber can be removed to allow the spring to be passed over the top of the strut (I hope that makes sense?). The Haynes manual mentions inserting a Allen key into the centre of the bolt located on the top centre of the strut (I guess to act as counter-tension when the spanner acts on the nut) and then loosening the nut located at the base of the bolt (which is recessed and not accessible without using a long spar plug like socket) in order to remove the retaining nut so the strut's top rubber/plastic components (that's what I call it) can be removed and the broken spring withdrawn and discarded.

The thing is, how do you turn the nut that is down a hole (I presume with a socket) at the same time as steadying the bolt with an Allen key when the Allen key and nut is in the same alignment? It's not possible! Or is it with a specialist tool?

I am going to work on the strut on Saturday so any replies before then would be very much appreciated.

Thanks all!
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