Many German suspensions hold the strut in a split housing that is clamped tightly around the strut tube with a pinch bolt. Efforts to spread the housing after removing the bolt using chisels or pry bars may result in component damage or personal injury.
The Schwaben Spindle Housing Spreader tool safely expands the split knuckle tube wide enough to allow removal of the old strut insert, and installation of the new one.
Insert the hardened tip of the spreader into the gap in the housing, and turn it 90 degrees using a ½-inch breaker bar or ratchet. This spreads the tube slightly, and allows the strut to be safely removed.