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Old 10-21-2012, 04:36 PM
vavet5308 vavet5308 is offline
Location: Mechanicsville, VA
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Mein Auto: 2002 525it
You can certainly take it on as a DIY, but it's probably best only done partially. Removing the strut/spring assembly is pretty straight forward if you have tools and a place to work. Installing the new strut is DANGEROUS if you don't know what you're doing. Professional shops have a wall-mounted spring compressor so the whole assembly can be installed in the compressor, the spring is partially compressed and held, and then the strut can be removed.

If you take off the nuts from the top of the strut which held compress the spring, the spring is coming out doesn't care who or what is in its way. It is possible to buy a spring compressor that goes on the outside of the springs and I've used them, but they're a little scary.
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