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Strut Insert Replacement

I picked up some strut inserts for a street car I am fixing up. The struts has the threaded cap so I assumed they could be rebuilt. I spun off the cap but can not get the insert out. Am I missing something?
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The cartridge should slide right out unless the housing is bent or full of rust. Try putting the nut on the end of the shaft, tighten in a vise and give the housing a few shots with a hammer.

I had one that had a slight bend from a track incident and it would not come out.
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In addition to Jim's comment, the ring at the top near the threads is a compression ring to keep the insert tight. If the nut was over tightened, the ring will need some persuasion to get it out. Once you do, it should slide out with only a little bit of force. There is often some oil in there for heat transfer.

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I did a set on an E30 BMW that had to have the top nuts cut off because of rust and the struts came out in pieces. It took some time and a LOT of persuasion, but once they were out and cleaned up they went back together like new. If they getting replaced, I'd clamp the strut piston in a vise and tap the housing with a hammer. It should come out, eventually.
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Place the strut into a large bench vise.

Place a large slide hammer over the threaded end of the insert with the nut securing it.

Slide hammer it out. Worked every time for me, bent, rusted, glued etc. A 10# slide hammer puts a lot of load on everything and will work it out.
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