Tried googling this but couldn't find the answer, so here goes..

As said above - top bit of the strut mounting is protruding from the turret. If i jack the car up it drops to rest on the turret again. I don't think it's always been like this but maybe it has and I never noticed!

As shown here:

So.. is this normal or has something broken? Both the front mounts are doing the same thing which makes me hopeful that i just never noticed before but wanted to be sure.


  • Upper Strut mounts can wear out, They have to allow some travel, but it will get excessive as they wear out.
    – Moab
    Sep 23, 2019 at 15:38

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This is perfectly normal. I currently have two Mk3 Golf (plus a Mk1 and a Mk6) and have previously owned a number of other Mk3's, both Cabriolet and Hatchback. They all look like this.

  • It's awesome when hands-on knowledge comes to SE! :o) Sep 23, 2019 at 14:44
  • It looks as if the rubber seal has a groove which is supposed to clip into the top of the turret, but in the picture the turret is a bit corroded and it has probably popped out some time when you drove over a bump. The metal part is supposed to move up and down, as the answer says.
    – alephzero
    Sep 23, 2019 at 20:12
  • The rubber seal bit is just wrapped around the top of the top mount and doesn’t attach to the turret. Sep 23, 2019 at 20:14

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