Step 3: Pull out the locking pin and loosen the castle nut. Use a ball joint separator to separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle. My local AutoZone loan me this ball joint separator free of charge.
Step 5: Swing the steering knuckle out of the way. With the upper control arm and the sway bar linkage disconnected, the steering knuckle can be pushed downward to make room for the removal of the strut/spring assembly.
Step 9: Remove strut/spring assembly from the car and attach the spring compressor. My local AutoZone loan me these spring compressors free of charge. Working with a compressed spring is very dangerous - so proceed at your own risk!
Steps 11/12: If you are replacing the top strut mount (highly recommended), be sure the transfer the location where the spring ends to your new strut mount. This is the location where the spring made an indentation on the rubber isolator. This will ensure proper bolt alignments.
Step 13: Put everything back in reverse order. Temporarily install the top lock nut, but do not torque down yet. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the new strut, so the one shown here is the old strut.