1989 Merceds 190E I am thinking about buying will need strut and plate replaces, could you please explain what that means and the approximate hit to my wallet that would entail? Thanks so much for your great service!
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you need a strut spring compressor. remove the strut from the car and compress the spring until its loose from the mounting plate. the you take off the retaining nut and remove the washer, bushing, mounting plate, bushing, washer. the nipple on one half of the bushing goes toward the other half.
You can get just the strut for about $60.00 each but then you will need special tools to compress the spring to change the strut. You can buy ready to install strut/spring assemblies but they are about $200.00 each. If your giong to have it done at a shop, then I would think it would be cheaper to pay for the "ready to install" units. that way the labor costs will be lower.
You'll need to remove the upper strut mount nut. Unbolt the 2 bolts from strut to the wheel hub. Remove the strut unit from the car. You'll need a coil spring compressor to compress the spring to unscrew the strut bushing, remove the strut mount and remove the spring from the strut, install the spring to the new strut and reassemble. You'll be better off to get the whole strut, instead of the replacement cartridge, it's often hard to remove the old one from the old housing. Don't forget to replace the strut mount and strut bushing.
if the strut tower broke you will need to buy aouther one and find a body shop to install it .if it not install right u will have alignment problems.if the sturt shaft come through the tower u need a new upper plate
The solution is the upper strut mounting plate. To fix it you need to take out the strut tower and take apart the strut. The faulty part is the plate that has the 3 studs that actually mount the top of the strut to the frame. You may want to also plan on replacing the strut as well, when i took mine apart, the strut piston wouldnt go back into the strut body, that means its shot. Also if one side needs this done the other probably does too. The upper strut mount is about 20 bucks only from a dealer and the strut is about 60 from any auto parts store. hope this helps
Whoever replaced the strut neglected to replace the "bearing support cap"...Tthat is the black thing that is on top of the strut, above the spring... this also has the 3 studs on it that holds the top of the strut to the vehicle. The rubber in the center of this plate has failed. What you are hearing is the strut banging back & forth inside of this plate. What you need to do is remove the strut, re-compress the spring, and get a new "strut cap".
This will fix the problem.
Very common that this item is omitted whilst replacing struts.