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Locked Strut on 2003 Hyundai Elantra

After rotating tires, the rear passenger strut is locked. There is no rebound. There's 89K on the original suspension. Is there a quick fix for this, or do I just need to replace the strut? Thanks so much.

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  • blackquill Dec 09, 2008

    No, it doesn't move at all. No rebound on the passenger side, but there
    is normal rebound (movement) on the driver's side. Thanks!

  • jaguar5584 May 11, 2010

    the strut doesnt move at all? even when you push up and down on that side of the car?

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The E-brake is stuck on. Rock it back and forth from Drive to Reverse and it should free up. You really should get the brakes checked too.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009

  • ImportTek Nov 23, 2009

    The E-brake is stuck on. Rock it back and forth from Drive to Reverse and it should free up. You really should get the brakes checked too.

  • ImportTek Nov 23, 2009

    E-brake is stuck on.

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