How will small little scratches on new struts (the shiny part) affect the performance and durability of the part? I ask because when I was removing the strut mount nut i needed a vice grip because the strut shaft was spinning with the nut. The vice grip scratched up the shiny part of the strut a little bit with no deep scratches.
Also does the bump stop need to be just under the strut mount? or is anywhere on the strut shaft fine? (strut shaft = shiny part of strut)
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Re: Strut Questions for 2004 Alero
The bump stop will move up and down most time the first time you hit a big bump it will go up anyway. As for the scratches they will shorten the life of the strut the scratches will wear at the internal seals in the struts and wear them out faster then normal. but they will be safe till this happens
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depends on what model you are asking about . some of the rear lifte gate struts are bolted on . just remove the bolts while supporting the real glass or lift gate .And some struts use a little push clip at each end of the strut . these you can use a pick or a small flat blade screw driver to pop out of place . the new struts should have them already installed on them . so they just snap back on . just remeber to support the gate while changing the struts
It should just pop off ... Get your replacements at the Auto parts place and while there, ask the counter person for tips on removing. In my esperience, I get the best advice from the Auto Parts stores that are locally owned.
Loosen the pinch bolt attaching it to the inner tie rod. Remove nut at the strut that attaches outer tie rod end to the strut.measure or count threads or turns it takes to spin out the outer tie rod end, reverse proceedure to install.
I personally like KYB. They're more of a performance strut and will retain the same handling and ride as the OEM struts. Pretty durable from my experience as well. If you're looking for a more "cushy" ride while sacrificing the handling a little, Monroe and Gabriel are both good second choices.
It sounds like the mechanic may have left the upper strut nut a bit loose, you may want to ask him to check it, but be nice, Toyota had some problems with upper strut mounts. These are on the top of the strut, they hold them to the body of the car. Unfortunately you have to remove and disassemble the struts to replace them. You could try asking your mechanic to just replace the one side and try it. I'm pretty sure that's your problem and he may give you a break since he's done all the other work. There is also a bulletin on a rattle from the side view mirror, but I think since this just started with the strut job, the mount is your most likely cause. Google: toyota upper strut mount rattle
Jack up and secure front end of your vehicle,Take off two front wheels. Loosen to bolt on the bottom of struts (Its a bolt and nut). Remove clip that holds brake hose on to strut and remove hose. DO NOT OPEN BRAKE LINE OR DISCONNECT FROM CALIPER. Remove bolts and remove bottom of strut from knuckle/Hub assembly. Then loosen nuts on strut tower( on top of fender inside hood) (3) nuts, mark exact locations of each nut on strut mount area on upper fender weld. Make sure to hold strut on the bottom so it doesn't drop down on caliper and knuckle or on you possibly.YOU WILL NEED A SPRING COMPRESSOR to compress spring so you can take struts off. MAKE SURE THAT SPRING IN COMPRESSED/SQUEEZED WITH A STRUT COMPRESSOR. Then loose center nut on strut tower(may be covered with a circular rubber cover) If nut spin around with out getting loose use vise grips to hold strut rod ONLY TO REMOVE STRUT NOT TO INSTALL. if you use vise grips to install it will damage strut. When nut is off, remove strut and reinstall new one transfer all rubber boots and cushions from old strut. Good Luck thanks for using FIX-YA.com contact me if you need more help.