I have just finished replacing the shocks and mount. Instead of above, I found it convenient to remove the 4 bolts holding the ball joint plate to the strut pole. Don't forget to replace the old bolts with new OR at least use LocTite if you want to re-use the old bolts. DO NOT use a lot of the LocTIte, only a couple of drops, one on each side of the bolt. Use a big trolley jack and make it a good one. See the one in Step 9 - this is best for the job. If you can get the job done in a DIY garage then do it there. Consider the cost as a learning fee for yourself.