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· bitter old man
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Actually, unbolting the top of the strut from the strut tower will allow the hub to move farther than otherwise. On B13 Sentras, that's the only way the outer end of the axle will come free of the hub without total disassembly. This prevents you from having to pop the ball joint. Also, strut suspensions have the spring and shock as a unit. No compressor needed.

Here's a tip: before you begin work, take some axle grease and dump it into a little container, then put the container into the feezer. The grease becomes so viscous that the circlip will hardly move when you go to reinsert the axle. If that circlip isn't centered on the shaft, no amount of pounding will get the axle into the transmission.
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