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WK- Front strut replacement questions

Hi, I have a 2005 wk v6 with 124K miles. I have never replaced the front struts. I assume they are overdue. I will be replacing with an OEM type strut.
The questions I have are:

Do you need a spring compressor to change them?

Should I also replace the strut mounting plate?

Do you need a front end alignment after replacing the struts?

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Re: WK- Front strut replacement questions

yes you need an alignment and they are a pain in the ass the switch them.
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Re: WK- Front strut replacement questions

check this out..........

DIY WK spring install-use for shocks and struts as well
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Re: WK- Front strut replacement questions

i just did springs. same effort.

its a pain but no all thqat difficult; i would say we spent about 2.5 taking it all apart. and about 1.5 putting it back together/

i went to a trusted shop to do the actual spring swap. he charged me 20/
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Re: WK- Front strut replacement questions

I did mine @ 117k and I swapped the mounts as well. It's a good idea as they are largely rubber and there is a bearing in them.

http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=1819904

I suggest these as they have a new bumpstop, so you dont need to the old one and a bellows to keep it clean.

http://www.tirerack.com/suspension/s...06&autoModClar=
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Re: WK- Front strut replacement questions

just have a mechanic install them, they are a pain in the arse and if you F up it could lead to some front end damage...
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Re: WK- Front strut replacement questions

i paid $45 each to have my mechanic do the fronts, the rears are super easy to do yourself.
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Re: WK- Front strut replacement questions

I paid to have mine done too. I can be dangerous without the right tools.
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