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Old 07-13-2008, 06:03 AM   #1
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Default Strut replacement

I am going to replace the struts in my 97 sedan and was reading the Haynes manual and had a few questions. One of the first steps is to unhook the brake line, is do I really need to do this or can I work around it? Also how bad will my alignment be when I am done replacing the struts? I am planning on taking my car in for an alignment right after I am done but I am wondering if it will severly affect driving to the shop to get it aligned. Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:44 AM   #2
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The brake line is indeed "connected" to the lower part of the strut with a little metal clip.
This clip is intended to help route the brake line to the caliper.

If your clip isn't totally rusted out, you should be able to simply "unhook" the brake line from the existing strut with out doing any major mechanical work.

On the other hand if this clip has rusted beyond the point of no return and crumbles to pieces, maybe you could use a plastic "twist tie" to hold the brake line in its proper location when you install the new strut(s).

Assuming you are replacing the worn out struts with identical OEM (or at least similar aftermarket) struts and are keeping your existing springs, your alignment shouldn't change at all, and having it checked should just be a formality. On the other hand if something is changed, getting the alignment done promptly will clue you in as to what has been changed.

Even if the alignment is "off" drastically, you should have no problems cautiously driving the car to the alignment shop, and it is very unlikely that your alignment will change significantly (if at all).
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:06 AM   #3
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If you don't mark the placement of the camber bolts relative to the hub+strut mounting points then you will definitely need an alignment. It's good tire insurance to get one anyway.

It is quite easy to have your alignment thrown off, don't believe the hype.

KYB GR2 struts require that you cut the brake tab and bend it out, slot the brake line in and then bend the tab back. Hit it with some anti-rust paint and you're good to go. That means you won't need to undo the brake lines at all.
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:13 PM   #4
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Thanks, I think I will go get an alignment done just to be safe after I am done. I just need to find a place to work on my car.
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Old 08-30-2008, 02:45 PM   #5
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I have a question that maybe someone can answer..

I get the whole thing here about removing the brake line from the strut, but it appears that the replacements I have are not correct for my car.

I have the connector for the brake lines on mine, and I also have another connector or attachment point on the front side of the strut for what appears to be a electrical line for the ABS sensor that is plugged in the bottom of the caliper.

The only solution I have seen is buying the Sensa Tracs that Advance sells that are meant for ABS. Does KYB make struts with this feature, or am I stuck with Monroe? Any other options for me to go with?

So the stock struts should allow me to remove the brake line without cutting, but must be re installed with cutting the new struts? I might as well just remove the caliper and paint them seeing as they are pretty rusty. Anyway, can anyone help me out? Please?
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