Our Taurus needs new rear struts we bought two quick struts like my uncle who is a mechanic told us now he says he can't replace them until he can find a blow torch. Everything I can find about replacing these says nothing about using a blow torch. What am I suppose to do.
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Replace it as a unit. Strut, spring, strut mount all in one. It's called a quick strut. Raise car by the body not the wheel. Remove brake line (1 bolt) from strut lower. Remove 2 large bolts holding lower strut end. In the trunk 3 smaller bolts hold the strut mount (upper end) in place. DO NOT remove the single large nut at the top of the strut assembly. Wiggle the strut assembly out. Slide the new strut assembly in bolt it back in. Put wheel back on. Done.
the easiest way to replace the spring is to actually replace the spring and strut assembly together. most parts stores sell what they refer to as a "quick strut assembly". all you would do at that point is unbolt the old strut assembly and bolt the quick strut one on. no need to compress the spring to replace the strut etc. the process would involve removing the wheel, removing 4-5 bolts, removing the old assembly and then bolting the new one on. the complete assembly at autozone should run you about $130-140. good luck with it
I think you have answered your own question. By asking, it shows that you are doubtful about it, and that is is really noticeable. That makes it Unroadworthy, and dangerous to drive. It will give poor road-holding and handling, and could cause a deadly accident. Better have that strut replaced again, and ask the Mechanic to find out what is causing these struts to wear out so quickly.
The dealer is right.Struts and bushings can have an effect on tires.Struts keep the tires in contact with the road,when the struts wear out,the tires start to bounce,but you may not notice it.I would start by having the struts checked and replace if need be.
rear springs are part of a strut assy, get a quick strut fom o'reilleys or az. it has the spring, strut, mount, all new and ready to pop in, otherwise you will need to tear the strut down and will need special tools. it is also a little risky, springs can fly pretty good when they slide out of compressors