Remember a little while ago I was asking how to make a strut cartridge
removal tool for GM W-Body vehicles. Well, I made one. Piece of 1-1/2" x
1-1/2" x 0.100" HSS steel tubing, 10" long. a 32mm 1/2" drive shallow
socket, 1/4" round bar. Weld a 2" piece of 1/4" round bar centred on each
flat side of the tubing sticking out the end 1/8". Weld the 32mm socket (or
whatever size) to the other end of the tubing so you can use a socket wrench
on it. Voila, you have a W-Body strut cartidge removal tool, works pretty
slick too, changed the struts on Saturday. I'll put pics up on the 'net
later if anyone is interested.
PS - Timing belt will be done this week some time.
I wrote "HSS steel tubing." Sort of redundant since HSS is in itself means
tubing. The exact material I used was "1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 0.100" A500 Grade B
HSS." HSS in this case actually stands for "Hollow Structural Section."
Didn't know there was different sizes. It should be easy to make one for any
spacing. When you buy replacement struts they come with new retainers, so
for anyone wanting to make there one for their vehicle, substitute the
1-1/2" square tube for whatever size works.
Although $75 isn't a bad deal, worth the money. I spent $3.99CDN for the
socket, the rest of the material was just "laying" around the shop (on the
steel rack, in 24' lengths). People who don't have access to the steel may
end up spending a little more, and if they don't have aceess to a welder it
could be a lot more.
Great report and pix, thanx. Could you assist with this though;
1. Is a '96 Buick Regal a W body?
2. Can you relate what the difference is between the Lisle 6270
and the Branick GMW594 GM10 Strut Tools depicted on this
3. Are either or both suitable for the replacement of the strut
cartridges on the above listed vehicle and if so, is there a
compatibility issue with the use of either OEM or aftermarket
replacement strut cartridges with either of these tools?
4. These are for the front struts I think. Are there any special
tools needed or available for replacing the rear struts?
Thanx in advance for your reply.
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