the 17mm top hat or strut bolt is easy to loosen IF the strut is still on the car!!!! so put it back on the car, tighten the three top bolts to secure the strut, and then use your socket to loosen it. (more leverage this way) so use pb blaster or liquid wrench on everything.Originally Posted by rexinfx
that should do the trick.
and yes, you really need the allen wrench in there to keep the strut rod from moving. you shouldn't be twisting that strut rod anyways (if I'm not mistaken) for that particular problem I used a 17mm impact socket that had a hole on one side so I could stick a small screw driver through the hole and then turn the socket while keeping the allen wrench in the strut rod to keep it from moving.