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Old 07-27-2015, 12:24 PM   #1
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Need help loosening the front spring nut

I am stuck when trying to replace the front springs of my Mustang. I can not loosen the front strut top nut. Anyone has a good solution?

I tried to bring it to a mechanic and that guy wanted $75 to loosening the nut

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You need a pneumatic impact to blast it off. Otherwise the shaft spins. You can try to put a wrench on the top of the shaft above the nut but that's a pain in the butt.

It also goes without saying to make sure you have removed all spring tension before you do this.


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Old 07-27-2015, 12:33 PM   #3
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Thank you.

Are you familiar with using a pneumatic gun?

I bought a 1/2 impact gun and have a small compressor with 100 psi. The gun seems to have no power.



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You need a pneumatic impact to blast it off. Otherwise the shaft spins. You can try to put a wrench on the top of the shaft above the nut but that's a pain in the butt.

It also goes without saying to make sure you have removed all spring tension before you do this.


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Are you familiar with using a pneumatic gun?



I bought a 1/2 impact gun and have a small compressor with 100 psi. The gun seems to have no power.

Yes, I have done 4 of these in the last few weeks for friends.

If your gun is weak, make sure it's oiled.

If it's still sucks it's probably time to replace it.

The air pressure obviously plays a part in it but most impacts are 90 psi max. As long as the compressor is allowing 90 to the gun you should be in good shape.


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Thank you very much!

The gun is brand new. Do I need to oil it before the first use? May I use regular engine oil?

Sorry for the silly questions. My first time to touch an pneumatic gun.

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Yes, I have done 4 of these in the last few weeks for friends.

If your gun is weak, make sure it's oiled.

If it's still sucks it's probably time to replace it.

The air pressure obviously plays a part in it but most impacts are 90 psi max. As long as the compressor is allowing 90 to the gun you should be in good shape.


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You def should have oiled it new and every time you use it. They sell air tool oil at hardware stores like lowes or homedepot but you can get it anywhere you can buy the tools usually. I would imagine any oil will be better than no oil but I don't know what weight the actual tool needs. Might just want to make a trip to the store. Hopefully you didn't damage the tool already by not oiling it. If you bought it at a store I would exchange it and tell them it's defective and get another (not at the same time you buy the oil though ๐Ÿ˜Ž).

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Old 07-27-2015, 01:04 PM   #7
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loosen the spring compressor to put some tension back on the top hat. Sometimes that is enough to get that bolt loose, just obviously don't take it all the way off until you compress the spring again.
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Thank you, guys.

To make things worse, now the strut mount plate is in two pieces. I can see the bearing steel beads with lube. Is it still reusable?
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Thank you, guys.

To make things worse, now the strut mount plate is in two pieces. I can see the bearing steel beads with lube. Is it still reusable?
I dont think so. I dont think it should ever be in 2 pieces.
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Weird engouth. I don't remember giving it any force. It just came off as two pieces.

Will this be an upgrade of this?
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I dont think so. I dont think it should ever be in 2 pieces.
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Yeah the GT 500 mounts are a really good upgrade...however you have to have struts from an 05-10 Mustang
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It is reusable, but this is assuming you didn't lose all the ball bearings. The top hats arent exactly pressed together, and it is possible for them to separate. Just carefully place the ball bearings back in place, make sure no dirt or crap is in the grease, and reassemble.
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As far as getting your air operated air impact wrench to function properly you need to provide it with the specified volume (CFM) at the specified minimum pressure. Not just the pressure.
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I guess that's probably the reason.

Thanks.

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As far as getting your air operated air impact wrench to function properly you need to provide it with the specified volume (CFM) at the specified minimum pressure. Not just the pressure.
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Big thanks! You saved my day. I was able to put everything back together.

Yes, it is very much reusable.

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It is reusable, but this is assuming you didn't lose all the ball bearings. The top hats arent exactly pressed together, and it is possible for them to separate. Just carefully place the ball bearings back in place, make sure no dirt or crap is in the grease, and reassemble.
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When I did the same thing last year to my previous Mustang, like you, I didn't expect the strut mounts to separate into two pieces. I ended up losing a bunch of ball bearings and had to buy new two-piece strut mounts. When I start working on the suspension for my current car, I'm going strait to the GT500 strut mounts and 05-10 struts, it's best to do that and not bother taking apart the factory 11-14 strut assembly even though my car already has lowering springs. I want different springs anyways as I think the Roush springs the previous owner installed are a little two soft.
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