So I have a 3 year old Element with just under 50k miles, and the front right strut blew out and is leaking oil (slowly) on itself. Any suggestions on replacing it? Anybody in the Southern California area have a spring compressor that I could borrow, and/or the know-how to replace a strut? If the answer is "buy the service manual," please don't say it quite yet . I know that its something I should get, but I just got out of college and have one paycheck to my name, so buying the manual isn't at the top of my priority list right now.