its not really an article bc i got no pics to go with it sorry but here are two videos i took while replacing the shock and strut on my wife's jeep compass.
job involves compressing the spring after u have the assembly off of the car.
I bought the shock and strut from here PartsTrain.com - Hard to Find Auto Parts and Truck Parts - 2007 Jeep Compass
you can rent the spring compressor from Autozone (get the type in the vid its easy and safe) they will give u back the rental cost when u bring back their tool.
Jeep Compass, Remove Front Shock and Strut-Part 1 - YouTube
Part 2-Jeep Compass Shock and Strut Replacement - YouTube
heres a quick breakdown.
Step 1. jack car up, remove tire and wheel
2. remove bolt that hold break line to strut
3. remove nut that holds track bar link to middle of strut (right side when looking at driverside shock and strut) this requires u to put and allen key in th ebolt while u back off the nut. mine was rusted...patience, loosen and then re tighten the nut while applying some WD40, kinda a 2 step foward 1 step back thing.
4. remove tie rod end from hub knuckle. take off nut and then use a hammer to hit down on top of the tie rod threaded end that protrudes above knuckle. Carefull not to damage threads!!! u might wana leave a nut on while u do this, also, hitting the knuckle itself is a good trick that might help the tie rod connection loosen up, just dont hit the actually tie rod! where the grease go's
5. remove two large pinch bolts from hub knuckle at bottom of strut. remove nuts first then tap out bolts with a hammer
6. push hub and brake rotor assembly down and out of the way. u may want to support it with a small jack during the rest of the job.
7. remove 3 nuts from engine bay that hold top of shock and strut assembly
8. shock and strut (and spring) will come out and down now. You will have to wiggle it a bit to get the link from trackbar out of the strut. The spring will not pop at this point no need to worry.
9. use autozone spring compressor to compress spring (see vid)
10. remove top nut off of shock AFTER spring is compressed. you will kno the load is off of the shock when u can rotate the top flange
11. pull off top flange, thin bearing(not sure on the name) and rubber doughnut, remember the order. then take out shock boot and then take compressed spring off of shock
12. put lower rubber seat on new strut then put on spring, then shock boot, then top rubber doughnut, then bearing, then flange, then nut. UR almost done!!!!!
13. Slowly release the spring. if ur doing it by hand it will be slow by nature. make sure all pieces are lined up correctly as the spring starts to come in contact with the upper doughnut. once the spring is totally uncompressed go put it back on ur car putting it back together in reverse order.
14. Have a beer and relax for a little knowing u just save 250$ or maybe more buy doing this urself