Originally Posted by wcp0611
Sounds like you found your answer. I'm not a big fan of swapping struts by unbolting top plate nut while its on the vehicle. That just seems stupid and very irresponsible to me but to each their own. It definitely has worked for some and is probably a lot less dangerous with a fabtech lift, but I just don't trust it. Good luck man.
I had not dis-assembled the entire strut/coil assembly with the floor jack method, until last week. I'm moderately mechanically inclined, and find most, if not all, of the information I need online. I can tell you that coming from the standpoint of someone who has used the auto shop loaner spring compressors, and bailed out of removing the coils due to feeling freaking scared as f**k at seeing how tight I had those suckers down, and yet my coils were still solidly assembled to the strut, I am so glad I found this old school method of using a floor jack to remove the coils.
I too was tracking down that freakin' creakin' sound from my drivers side strut/coil area. I found two youtube videos that generally showed how to do it, sacked up, and went for it. It was a piece of upside down cake, easy peasy. The trick, which isn't even a trick, is to have the floor jack under the bottom of the lower control arm, and pump it up about two to four times in order to have good support. Loosen the cam bolts from the LCA, disconnect the lower ball joint bolts, dissconnect the sway bar from the sway bar link, slowly remove the top nut from the strut. The coil has positive pressure the entire time, so it's pushing up against the strut mount, and the Upper Control Arm surrounding the coil, also helps in knowing that the spring can't come out horizontally. All you gotta do is let the jack down nice and slow. It comes out soooooo smoothly, and uneventfully, it's almost boring! So many people have written ( I know because I do a ton of reading before I attempt something new or difficult) that they were scared to try this, only to kick themselves for not learning this, and doing it before. I'm one of them! Mark your cam bolts before you loosen them, and when you put everything back, make sure you put your cam bolts back in the same positions you marked. Your alignment may just be off a little, or not at all. I even found a video on how to do your own Toe alignment, which I'll probably try some day.
P.S. I changed the strut mount/top hat with new NAPA strut mount kit. My freakin' squeekin' creakin' went away!............. for about 5 days, until tonight. I heard it again!!!! GRRRRRRRR!!! That's why I was here again reading up. I'll get that som bish eventually!