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Strut Insert Removal

I have removed both front strut assemblies and successfully removed and replaced one strut insert. On the second assembly I can't seem to slide the insert out. I can turn it so it is not rusted solid but it won't come out. I am trying to see if I can rig some type of puller up. Any thoughts or tips would be appreciated.

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You could always drill a pilot hole in the bottom and hammer a punch or screwdriver in to help it out.
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Maybe put the top nut back on so you've got something to grip. Then get a slide hammer on it. Is the strut housing damaged or deformed? I just did the struts in my own car, but it's an early one.
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I set the strut between two pieces of wood and pulled it apart with two 2 ton bottle jacks. The caseing of the insert must be rusted in there solid as it pulled the top of the insert right off. I am going to order another strut on ebay today and start over.
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I have a pair of strut housings that will fit a pre-87 car that I bought a while back to try out an idea that didn't work. let me know if you have any trouble locating some. I didn't pay a lot for them, so...

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You could always drill a pilot hole in the bottom and hammer a punch or screwdriver in to help it out.
Won't that cause the cooling oil added to the case to leak out? I know it's OK with Konis and full gas-filled inserts but with OEM or Boge or Sachs isn't the mineral oil still recommended?
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Dont know. I pulled mine out and put Koni's in.

You could always plug it though too.

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