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i have purchased bad struts off the shelf. sometimes they sit forever then when you buy them the seals blow. check to see if it is fluid coming from the struts them self. if not check wheel bearing assembly. or follow the stuff and hopefully find where it is from. also check the seals on the trans axle.
First try to check availability of the "Quick Strut" These are available for some cars and trucks from different manufactures...ie, KYB, Carrera, Monroe, and others...the quick strut is the complete replacement assembly...you just need to mark all locations...unbolt, and insert the replacement quick strut that includes the spring and all bushings, and boots...if the "Quick Strut" is not manufactured for your Acura...you need to consider having the replacement struts installed by a shop...the springs have to be switched over, and special (and dangerous) compression tools are needed to take apart...and reassemble...you can borrow the needed tools from many auto stores...but again, not recomended for safety reasons...you will need to have your alignment checked after replacing the struts...needed adjustments left unchecked will "chew up" tires right before your eyes...Hope this helps.
The hydraulic oil that is inside the strut is coming out externally meaning that the seal that contains the fluid to the inside of the strut is bad.This leads to struts not doing there job properly and will cause premature tire wear as well a decrease in vehicle handling and stability performance .The only correction is have the struts replaced.
best why to change at home is go get a whats called kwik strut from part sourse. comes with spring and strut already complet. if you dont have a good spring compresser you can kill your sell takin them apart.
You will need a spring compressor first of all. You have to remove strut, compress sring to get cartridge and spring apart and then replace new spring on strut and replace into vehicle. This is a nasty job without a hoist
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
Make sure you get a spring compressor and I reccomend replacing both struts, dust boots, mounts and bearings. Usualyl due to age the mount/bearing will cause noise/steering issuse and the dust boots are there to help the struts last longer by not letting water/dirt ruin the strut seals