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Date: 1 May 1998 03:34:27 -0400
From: (Ken Bell)
Subject: Re: strut top nut '87 9000

In article <>, Kevin Parker <> wrote: >Do I really have to get a special tool from SAAB to loosen the top nut >on my frunt strut assembly ('87 Saab 9000 turbo)? My Haynes manual >recommended using a 13/16 spark plug socket with a hex wrench inserted >through it. 13/16 is too small though--looks like 7/8" But I need a >socket with a place to grab the back end with an open end wrench and a >long hex wrench to pass through to the schock stud. Any ideas? Yeah, Haynes has it wrong for an '88 9000T also. But they have the right idea :-) about using a spark plug socket because of the flats it has outside, just made for a spanner, er, wrench. I saw a special purpose toolset for these strut nuts, basically a set of a few spark plug like sockets, beefed up so that they look like they're worth the money, at a local PepBoys, back when it was named PartsUSA. It cost around $20 or $30 and I made a mental note to go back and look at it someday when I get around to working on the struts. It may be cheaper than the Saab tool (how much was that?). -- Ken Bell :: :: (212) 475-4976 (voice)

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