I'm going to replace the front struts this weekend but I've got a question I need an answer on. I've heard that some struts require a air rachet to loosen the top nut on the damper rod. This is whats stopping me fitting them, I don't want to partially dismantle the front end only to be stopped because I can't get a damned nut loose. My understanding of the strut is that the spring is held in place by a dish welded onto the strut leg with the top of the spring locating on the underside of the inner wing. The damper rod passes through the inner wing and through a large rubber and metal doughnut with a nut screwed down onto it. Is this correct or is there another nut below the doughnut and possibly another spring collar or is the nut the rachet may be required for the one which sits in the engine bay? if so no problem as I've already removed that nut once to fit the strut brace. I can't seem to get my head around the correct sequence of parts on the strut, is it strut-spring-doughnut-nut or strut-spring-collar-nut-doughnut-nut in which case you should be able to remove the strut with the spring still attached.
Maybe I haven't explained that to well but any mechanics should be able to explain what the correct part sequence is.
Hope someone can clear up my confusion. I've got all the required tools ie spring compressors etc but no access to an air rachet.