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Strut Questions for 2004 Alero

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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  • bach187 Jun 28, 2009

    does the strut isolator have to sit flush with the upper strut mount?????

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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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