I am currently trying to install the top mount onto the strut, and even with spring compressors fully latched onto the springs, the piston rod still doesn't come out far enough to get the nut on. I've tried pulling the piston rod out, and it always decompresses back to the length shown in the picture. When I push it down it does the same thing. Does this mean the piston rod is broken or out of gas? I would rather try to get the strut fixed than buy 2 new struts for both sides of the front suspension. I need to get this suspension fixed soon because this is my daily car. Any help is appreciated.