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Use this guide to replace or upgrade the front springs in your 86-93 Volvo 240. When working on suspension components work on one side at a time and keep the other side completely assembled for reference.

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    • Jack up the front of the car and place it on jack stands.

    • Never work on or underneath a car that is only supported by a jack. The jack may slip or fail, resulting in serious injury or even death.

    • Use an impact wrench or tire iron to remove the five 19 mm lug nuts from the front wheel.

    • Pull the front wheel off the wheel lugs and set it aside.

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    • Use a socket wrench or impact gun to remove the 15 mm nut on the front sway bar endlink.

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    • The front brake lines are attached to the body by a small bracket near the strut.

    • Grab the front edge of the bracket with a pair of locking pliers.

    • Without the locking pliers to hold the bracket in place, it may twist back and forth. This twisting could fracture the rigid brake lines.

    • Remove the 12 mm bolt that holds the bracket in place with a socket wrench.

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    • Use a socket wrench or impact gun to remove the 19 mm tie rod end nut.

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    • Place a tie rod end puller over the exposed threads of the tie rod end and turn the puller with a socket wrench to push the tie rod end out of the steering knuckle.

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    • The ball joint is held to the control arm by three 18 mm bolts.

    • Remove the bottom two nuts with a breaker bar or long wrench.

    • Place a breaker bar over the gold nut on the bottom of the control arm.

    • The breaker bar alone will not be able to loosen the nut, since the bolt is free to rotate.

    • Place an 18 mm box end wrench over the bolt on top of the control arm.

    • Turn the breaker bar and the wrench in their respective counterclockwise directions to loosen and remove the third ball joint-to-control arm bolt.

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    • Place a jack underneath the ball joint to support it once you remove the 3 ball joint-to-control arm bolts.

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    • Open the hood and locate the three strut mounting bolts on the strut tower.

    • Make an alignment mark on the shoe at the dimple in the top of the strut tower before removing the mounting nuts.

    • Use a ratcheting socket wrench or impact wrench with a 13 mm deep socket to remove the three nuts.

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    • Slowly lower the jack and guide the strut assembly down and out of the car.

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    • Place spring compressors on opposite sides of the spring.

    • Make sure you are using spring compressors that are meant for MacPherson struts. Internal-type spring compressors will not work.

    • Alternate tightening the spring compressors evenly until you are able to move the entire spring up and down.

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    • Use an impact wrench to remove the 24 mm nut at the top of the strut assembly.

    • Remove the strut mount from the strut assembly.

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    • Remove the upper spring seat and pull the spring off the strut assembly.

    • If you are installing new springs you will need to remove the spring compressors. Loosen each spring compressor evenly, alternating from side to side until they are off the spring completely.

    • When installing new springs you will need to compress them with the spring compressors before placing them on the strut assembly.

    • If you are reinstalling the same springs you may keep the compressors in place until it is time to reassemble the suspension.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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