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front strut replacement

My 83 944 passenger side strut just today somehow became stiff & makes alot of bumpy noise now. Its affecting the ride height & is very sticky. Obvously time for replacement unless you guys know how to free them up. ...Just wondering if Im going to be able to do this myself without special P-car tools. I looked for other strut replacing threads with no luck, so can someone please let me know any tips or tricks or special tools I may need to change them out myself. ...Also what type would you recommend? Im just using as a daily driver not a racer so a decent affordable pair would be fine. Thanks

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Strut - Removal and Replacement: http://www.clarks-garage.com/shop-manual/susp-02.htm
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Very helpful, thanks for the link!!!! Im replacing a sticky caliper & throwing on new pads while Im at it. This car just keeps getting more expensive to drive everyday.
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Would you guys recommend rebuilding the strut with a new cartridge or replacing the whole unit?
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Well I did it myself, and I recall the toughest part was dealing with the top bolt. It helps to have a buddy, but as I recall, I always thought I could have done it just fine by myself. The fronts take time, and you'll need to have the car realigned, but the rears are a total piece of cake.

If you're an average mechanic with persistance you can do it, if youre a below average mechanic with the killer instinct and the time to fiddle with it, and the desire to "do it right" you'll be able to do it.

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