Any advice on replacing front and rear struts for a 1995 Regal? Has anyone
on this forum ever replaced front or rear struts? Do I need any special
tools? Can I use the weight of the vehicle to keep the rear traverse spring
assembly compressed? I have the book, I am just not sure that I can do it
without the proper tools. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thank you,
Fronts are not a hard fix - you replace the shock cartridges from
the top using the car's weight to keep the front springs compressed.
Autozone has the special tool kit needed for that job available for
loan (with a deposit). That set of special tools is a necessity.
Two other thinga you'll need that some people do not have in their
tool kit: first is a second 3/8" rachet for taking off the strut top
nut (one holds the strut shaft with a Torx bit while the other rachet
is used on the special tool to remove the nut). The second item is a
turkey baster or similar suction device with a hose long enough to
reach the bottom of the strut cavity. This is used to remove any shock
oil from the strut before installing the new cartridge.
The rears are UGLY!! You not only have the transverse spring to deal
with but also a rubber "auxiliary spring" that has to be compressed
and removed before you can remove the strut (and the aux. spring
bracket is held in place by the same bolts that mount the strut to the
knuckle). AND, just to make it a bit more fun, you have to drop down
the exhaust system to have enough room on the right side to put the
auxiliary spring compressor in place.
Unless you have the special tools I'd recommend you NOT try and
tackle the rears on your own. Also, having a lift available is damn
According to my manuals, some '95 and '96 Regals do have auxiliary
springs. Only some of the "W" bodies converted to "coil-over" struts
(and ditched the tranverse spring) in '95.
Not all 95~96 "W" bodies use coil-overs like the Luminas do: the
Regals still use the transverse spring. Also, not all models with the
transverse spring use auxiliary springs: that is determined in
production based on option mix. From what I was told the auxiliary
spring allows "tuning" of the overall spring rate between the steps
provided by the 5 or so spring rates available in the transverse
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