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What are reasons axle shafts/struts frequently break?

First to make sure I'm using the correct terminology: for a manual transmission, front-wheel drive Mk4 2004 Volkswagen Jetta, are axle shaft / drive axle / CV axle the same thing? I have been ...
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Should I replace the sway bar link when replacing the strut assembly?

In this video, "What are Shocks? What are Struts? Which Does Your Car or Truck Use?" the narrator says, One thing I strongly recommend is if you get the assembly get the links, the links ...
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What do they call the link to the strut assembly?

In this video, "What are Shocks? What are Struts? Which Does Your Car or Truck Use?" the narrator says, "when I was replace this whole strut assembly I knew that I was going to replace ...
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Should I lift up both sides if I only want to change one side's strut?

I want to replace the bearing of one of my highlander's front struts. But I am not sure if it is needed to lift up and put the stands under both front sides of the vehicle to replace only one strut or ...
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Where this noise comes from?

Today my 2008 Toyota highlander started to make a sound like there is something like a screw inside the glove compartment and make a noise. The noise comes from the front-right side of the car. I ...
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How can I understand if my 2008 highlander sport has regular or sport tuned suspension? [duplicate]

I just bought a used 2008 highlander sport AWD. How can I make sure if it does have a regular or sport tuned suspension? I want to change it's front struts and don't know what exact part should I buy?
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How should I find a mechanic?

I am a new student in the US. I bought a used car and it seems it needs a strut change. But I don't know how things work here or how to find a good (and affordable) mechanic near me. Should I buy the ...
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How can I find the exact part number of a 2008 highlander strut?

I want to change the front passenger side strut of a Toyota highlander 2008 sport AWD with 130K. But I don't know what is the exact product I must buy? (Either OEM or after market). I also like to ...
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Front Top Strut Assembly Bearing Mix Match

I have a previous post in regards to a top strut mount bearing issue with my struts. I understand OEM part replacement may do the job, although for how long if at all. Due to the material/construction ...
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Front Top Strut Mount Plastic Bearing Issue

I replaced my front struts full assembly on both sides with new parts over a year ago: Top mounts Bearings Bump stops Dust covers Coil springs Struts I also replaced my lower ball joints and outer ...
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Clicking sound after changing struts. 2008 Ford Escape hybrid

I have a 2008 Ford Escape hybrid. I recently changed out my old struts for brand new ones. After the new ones were installed, I hear a clicking sound when I accelerate and when I brake. There will be ...
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2018 Nissan Sentra with 50k miles needs struts one side. Can I replace only one side [duplicate]

I have 2018 Nissan Sentra with 50k miles. Hit curb and one side Front struts bent. Can I Replace only one side?
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Is strut repair a per-wheel task or across the whole front repair?

This link suggests that "suspension shock or strut replacement is between $876 and $925." I found similar details on other sites. Since I'm not familiar with this part, I am confused if that ...
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How to Safely Align Lower Strut Bolt on 2001 Outback

Context I'm replacing the rear struts on a 2001 Subaru Outback with pre-assembled "quick" struts. I have both rear wheels up with the rear of the car supported by jackstands on either side. ...
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Replacing only one strut with something very similar

I was looking to buy a 2013 Lexus and realized the left front strut is leaking, the right one looks fine. So I asked the dealer to fix it for me and he gave me 2 options: He can find a strut from ...
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Strut Movement/Explanation Of How They Work

I am trying to diagnose an issue with my struts although I don't have a working pair to see/test the differences between them. All I can do at this stage is rely on logic, mechanics aren't really ...
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Car bounces at 40+ mph after new tires added

As stated in the headline, my car is bouncy when driving at speeds around 40mph or over (not sure when it tapers, I drive almost exclusively within city limits). I had new tires installed less than a ...
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What does, "Tighten with specifed torque at curb position of vehicle" mean?

Hyundai service manual for strut assembly reverse installation states: "Tighten with specifed torque at curb position of vehicle" What is curb position? Is this the same as curb weight? I was ...
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On uneven road, I hear sound from front left side as though the tire is touching the fender and rubbing against it for a second

On uneven road, and also on speed braker, at low speed of 1 to 10 km/hr, I hear sound from front right side of bonet. It sounds as though the tire is touching the fender and rubbing against it (it is ...
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Golf mk3 front suspension mount protrudes from turret

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....
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New struts car pulls to the right

I replaced both front struts on my 2008 camry the car did not pull b4 this but now does . I checked the tire pressure and it was fine I then took it for an alignment and all 4 are within spec no ...
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2003 civic si - ground control installation on bilstein struts

I recently purchased a set of ground control coilover conversion springs to be used with my bilstein struts. The kit came with install instructions for koni yellow struts, which are similar, yet ...
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Torquing Strut Nut with Tire on Ground

I will be changing my wife's shocks and struts next week on her 2012 Outback. The service manual says not to tighten strut mounting nut until the car is on the ground. Do I really leave the nut that ...
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Wobbling wheel, Chevy Malibu LT

I have a 2007 Chevy Malibu I was driving down the highway and I heard a pop come from the rear passenger side wheel and then it sounded like I had a flat but the tire is now wobbling pretty bad what ...
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Strut Torque Specs for 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Can anybody provide what the Torque specs are for the front struts on a 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid? Google searches provide conflicting and incomplete information. Was hoping someone had a repair ...
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2003 Honda Civic Si Hatchback

What part should I replace on 3rd door (hatch) ? It will not stay up. Maybe the struts? When i search for the part I can only find struts for the body suspension.
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When should I get an alignment after strut and coil replacement?

This weekend I replaced most of the front suspension in my car, including the strut and coil assemblies for both front wheels. I was told it is wise to get an alignment done afterwords as my car is ...
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I bought two new shock absorbers but one of them is much softer and slower. Is it bad? (video attached)

It also does not go up fully if I put some weight on it. Video: https://youtu.be/1CpawflyGjs Car is scion tc. Both struts are the same brand/line.
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What are the symptoms of a bad complete strut assembly on a 2009 Honda Civic LX

What are the symptoms of a bad complete strut assembly on a 2009 Honda Civic LX . I've got an undiagnosable vibration
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Locked steering wheel moved/rotated after replacing struts. Is this okay?

So I hired a mechanic to replace my front left strut. I parked the car in a lifter and left it with the steering wheel perfectly aligned straight then i turned off the car. When the strut work was ...
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What Is The Metal "Wing" Connected To My Lower Strut Mount Mazda Protege 2002?

Connected to the lower strut mount of my Mazda Protege 2002 is a "wing" which leads away with a size 14mm bolt in it. I have been trying to loosen the rusted bolt, but I can't get it loose. I am ...
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Strut spring slipped off pad

I have a 2011 Town and Country (70k miles) and I had a clunking develop on the driver's side a few months ago. I figured out that the strut bushing/bearing was the cause and the clunking was the ...
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Car vibrates and has mild drone at 15-45 mph

I bought a used car with worn-out tires. Between speeds of 14-45mph the car vibrates and produces low frequency growling/droning noise. When above 45 mph, vibrations go away but drone pitch increases (...
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Rear strut mounts 2005 Escape

I have a 2005 Ford Escape. Going over bumps, I get a loud banging noise from the rear struts. There’s play when I grab the upper part of the shock. Is there a fix for this?
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Damage to shocks over sharp curb

I drive a 2012 Sportage and I accidentally drove over the curb yesterday. The bricks that made this curb where old and irregular so there we sharp bits poking out. I was not driving too fast but as ...
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How long does it take ( and how hard ) to replace front strut and spring assembly on a 2008 CRV?

Just went to get my car inspected, mechanic told me that I need new front struts, car has 120k on it so it kinda makes sense. He quoted me $950, I called the auto- parts store and they told me that it ...
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Mercury Milan - Rough ride quality, relatively new tires

The car has ~180k miles on it but I have relatively new tires (less than 10K miles on them) and they are pretty good on the highway (very silent). My tires are: 205/60/16. Width/height-wise they are ...
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Loud snap and there is now noise when turning steering left and right

While I was driving 20 mph, I heard a loud snap/bang noise and the car then started making noise when turning the steering wheel or driving on small bumps. Any idea what could cause this? Broken ...
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Lower torque spec for a used rear strut-to-axel carrier nut versus new?

I am replacing struts on my 2004 Toyota Camry LE (4 cyl). The rear suspension strut-to-axle carrier nuts/bolts (19mm) have a torque spec of 188 ft. lbs. in an official 2004 Camry Repair online manual....
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How common is this ? (Burst a strut)

This is just for my interest. There are cheap shock absorber rebuild services. They tell they can rebuild my strut. But manufacturer has told that it couldn't be rebuild (Twin tube oil-gas cartridge)....
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How do I get the camber back to 0, with no adjustments

Just put new struts and control arms on a 2010 but, and the wheels have negative camber now. They don't have any adjustments on the new struts, how do I get the wheels back straight.
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Mounting new shocks/struts for 2002 Ford Focus SE

I am replacing the shocks/struts on my 2002 Ford Focus SE wagon. I have never done this before and am not using OEM parts - I'm using this Moog strut assembly - so I wanted to make sure I'm doing this ...
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Do I need to align my tires after replacing the struts?

I just replaced all 4 struts in my 2002 Camry. I'm about to put the tires back on, but am I good to drive off or do I need to do alignment first? I know how to check my front toe if my rear wheels are ...
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Installing a lower strut brace: What will happen when I remove the bolts connecting the control arms?

I want to install a lower strut brace on my Mk1 Golf/Rabbit. The strut bar connects between the 2 control arms, like this: I need to remove the (one of the) bolts holding in the control arms. I've ...
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Can wheels become unaligned after replacing struts?

I took my car (Mk1 Golf/Rabbit Cabriolet) to get new front struts and new strut mounts kits installed. When I got it back, the steering and suspension certainly felt better, but the steering wheel is ...
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Specs for a powered tailgate strut

I'm looking for info on tailgate struts that are electric / hydraulic hybrids -- they accept a DC voltage from a control module to open, then close when +/- are flipped, with the action mediated by ...
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2007 Honda Accord EX-L V6 - Can I use 2 different strut brands in front and back?

I recently bought a used 2007 Honda Accord EX-L V6 and I think I need to change the struts. I have been looking around online for struts and there are so many different brands. I nailed it down to ...
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front struts 2000 taurus can not knock out lower mounting bolt. nut is off

I CAN NOT KNOCK THE BOLT itsself out from the lower end of strut mount. i got the nut off butt am unable to hammer the bolt out. front strut passenger side 2000 taurus
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How bad is this strut mount damage?

I noticed a crack in the strut mount rubber of my 1999 Volvo v40. The suspension often creaks when going over speed bumps (and sometimes it doesn't) though I'm not sure it's the fault of this mount. ...
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My Ride is Still Very Bouncy after Changing the Struts and Strut Mounts

I just changed the front struts and strut mounts on my 98 Mazda 626. The old ones were completely shot. While I noticed an improvement in the ride, it wasn't nearly as much as I expected, and quite ...
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