Thank you all!
Now, the front suspension seem to be very tight. Both of the old chucks were leaking a lot of oil and the ride was more like in a boat a than in a car. I will put my summer tires soon, in a week or two and I should have an anlignment done before that. They quote me 69,95$ (CAD) for a 4 wheels alignment.
Changing a strut assembly is not such a big job and it can be done alone without any helper. I would say that it is better to disconnect the ground of the battery. On the left side it would be very easy to produce a short-circuit with the tools used. It took me about 3 hours to do the job taking my time and with a half an hour break after I had finished the first side. Here
is a procedure to do the job. It include the procedure to remove the spring from the strut but this part was not needed in my case.
On the 2001, at least, the original bolts at the bottom of the strut are splined. They need to be hammered out.
Edited by alainb, April 13, 2011 at 08:27 am.