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How hard is it to replace the rear right strut on a 91 hatchback? I have read the tech manual and it does not look bad at all if I could find a bolt on assemby. Is there a kit out there of the whole assembly, so I wont have to worry about compressing the spring.

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Very easy. There are several write-ups in the suspension forum.

I don't know of any kits. The rear springs on the escort are fairly light and easy to handle. You can get spring compressors for less than $15 at your local autoparts chain.

If you have a bench vise to hold the strut while you bolt the strut mount/top hat on and off the strut (with the spring compressed) the job is easier.
 

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with the hatchback, the hardest part is removing the trim in the back so you can get to the strut mount nuts.

2 nuts on top, 2 bolts on the spindle, remove the clip for the brakeline, and remove.

you need to buy a Haynes or Chiltons manual. They're handy.

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although it is not very hard to accomplish this task it can be time consuming as mentioned with removing of the trim bits...now about disassembling the strut/spring unit as a safety measure use a strut compressor of some type..either the full wall mount unit or even spring compressors....I know there are plenty of people who have done it other ways and have gotten it done...however I have seen what can happen with spring pressure....I had a mild run in with one a few months back due to the equipment at the shop was in poor condition...the spring slipped in the perch as I was installing the strut...I was very lucky as it missed the bones in my wrist, but my wrist remained swollen for almost two weeks...my doc said I was very lucky that it hit where it di as the force would have almost surely have broken a bone if contact had been made
 

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Lotsa good advice here already, especially about the sping compressor and getting at the strut tower nuts.

One more thing - it can be a little frustrating getting the assembly back in position to bolt it back in place to the strut tower. Have a friend around to run the nuts down onto the studs from inside the car while you hold the thing in place. I'm not sure anyone has arms long enough to do it completely by themselves.

Also, bolting the strut back onto the spindle takes a bit of upward pressure and aligning.

You'll knock this job dead.
 

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I've seen the shock/spring assembly already assembled in advertisements for Advance Auto. Very pricey but it still may be cheaper than having a shop replace your struts. If you want to somewhat do-it-yourself I would consider it if you don't feel comfortable with a spring compressor.
 

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I got canadian tire to replace all 4 strut assemblies and spring and it cost me 1300 canadian installed and took them an afternoon
 

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ohhhh man! even though that's canadian currency, that's still steep!

even if you get the tokico's for $180 (give or take), that's all you'll have to pay if you install them yourself.

*bites fist*
 

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Damn thats steep for that.I had a shop quote me 240 bucks installed.It isnt hard to change them.It is just a pain to remove the two lower nuts on the spindle.Make sure you have a huge breaker bar.Autozone still does loan a tool.That would save you some bucks so you dont need to buy a spring compressor.
 

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jayber said:
I got canadian tire to replace all 4 strut assemblies and spring and it cost me 1300 canadian installed and took them an afternoon
If you're gonna pay anyone that kinda money, pay a fellow FEOA member.
Next time you have a problem, good ol' highanddry will gladly do your work for you - you obviously have deep pockets.

NEVER HAVE CANADIAN TIRE DO MAINTENANCE ON YOUR CAR, EXCEPT FOR CHANGING TIRES!!

Once, in a pinch and when I was stupid, I had Crappy Tire replace my muffler on my Civic Si. They threw out the catalytic converter and straight piped it without telling me. Then they denied doing it, till I found my cat in their dumpster. Let that be a lesson to you.

The people hired by Crappy Tire to be auto technicians are the ones nobody else will hire. That is a fact of life.
 
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