Should be stickiedThere is a much better "How To" in the C30 forum that we have linked to before. I can't find it now though. :facepalm:
The person who wrote it had a genius idea for removing the front strut from the knuckle. Place your scissor jack between the knuckle & spring perch. Much better than the Mazda 3 approach of "hit with sledge hammer".
Found it on C30 World. BOOM as coolin would say.
Good lubricant is key but the tool usually makes it easier. The front suspension on these cars is very similar to mk4/5/6 vws and those are very difficult to do without the spreader. The suspension on these cars is very very easy to do and really shouldn't take more than 25-30 minutes per corner in the front. Any shop that charges over 2.5 hours is just incompetent.^^ I didn't even use that. I just disconnected everything that was in the way, sprayed a little cooking oil around the base, and gave it a good step-on. Popped right out!
Just remember to keep the three bolts at the top in place while doing this, you remove those last.