Front is 203 ft-pounds. Make it impact, cheater bar, and your legs.You need to jack up the car, remove the entire strut assembly from the car, compress the coils using a spring compressor, replace the mount, decompress the coils, and reinstall the assembly. When removing/reinstalling, I believe you have to disconnect the brake line clip so the hose will release from the strut, and possibly disconnect ABS as well if you have that. Also, the two large bolts are torqued to around 150 ft pounds, so you need a breaker bar or impact to get them off.
The Haynes manual has a full description. Depending on your experience and tool set, you may want to get a shop to do it.
It's a lot of labor for a cheap part.
I had to use a 14 foot pipe on top of a 3/8 inch ratchet.
and im a 250 lb guy and was hanging from the bar and then it broke. Thats with a hour or 2 or PB blaster.
I have a 7.5A electric impact. Bought it couple years before my air compressor, but I don't see the need to buy another impact again, given that my air compressor don't put out that much at 90psi. Have used it to change the front struts before having to send the rear to a shop for the pesky sway bar link. Oh my impact kit has an impact driver that I can just pound directly on. Never used it tho.WOW! what broke? wrench or bolt?
I know that necessity drives technique on repair jobs, but I wouldn't tackle a strut job without air tools.
Props for going for it, though!:chug:
Lastly, the best hand tool to break the big bolts free would be a Hex, box end wrench of decent quality (SK, Snap-on, etc), then hit it hard with a BFH -- at least a 1lb hammer. Sort of like a slow-motion impact:thumbsup:
That works pretty well, too.
I just use a 1/2" drive CP impact gun. Pops the big bolts right off.
I posted my experience at strut replacement
Good luck! Take your time, be safe.