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How should I find a mechanic?

I don't know how the things work here and how can I find a good(also affordable) mechanic near me? The best way to find a "good" mechanic is word of mouth. Ask your friends/relatives/work ...
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Torquing Strut Nut with Tire on Ground

You should leave them just about snug, if not just a little loose. If you tighten them before you put it on the ground, when you do get the car on the ground, there will be tension on the parts, which ...
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How bad is this strut mount damage?

Strut mounts that tear a little are safe to drive with. The mounts themselves have metal inside them and are conically shaped at the top so they really won't fail unless you take the vehicle airborne ...
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Consequences of failing to replace bad struts and sway bar bushings

There are two big things which are a detriment to riding on worn out struts and bushings: Safety: Worn struts cause longer stopping times/distances as dead struts allow the vehicle weight to shift (...
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Can wheels become unaligned after replacing struts?

The alignment of your front end is affected by much more than just the tie rod ends. The camber especially would be affected by changing the struts. Camber is the amount of lean in or out the top of ...
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2007 Honda Accord EX-L V6 - Can I use 2 different strut brands in front and back?

Yes, you can use different brands on the front and rear. Some high performance vehicles do this to get specific handling needed. In your case, it may not be a choice for performance, but it should be ...
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front struts 2000 taurus can not knock out lower mounting bolt. nut is off

I had a Jeep Wrangler like that once. Heap'o'rust. Get yourself one of these. Works awesome. I hammered on bolts for a few hours on that fricking jeep. With this, it took just minutes. And of ...
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My Ride is Still Very Bouncy after Changing the Struts and Strut Mounts

OK, so if you've got four worn out struts / shocks, and you only replace the front two your car's gonna ride like a camel with a python latched onto it's nuts. That's pretty much how my 626 rode ...
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Lubricating Spring Compresor Threads

The main reason to lubricate the threads on the coil spring compressor, is to make it a lot easier to turn the screw by hand, since there will be a lot of pressure on the threads. The lubrication ...
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How Important Are the Rear Shocks / Struts

It depends vehicle specs, road conditions and driving habits. Shock absorbers are not carry the weight of the car, they are basically dampers. They restrict the amount of movement. In case of bump ...
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What does, "Tighten with specifed torque at curb position of vehicle" mean?

This means that the final torqued setting has to be done with the vehicle sitting on its wheels so the suspension is in the "normal" position. So this can be on the pavement or when on a ramp but the ...
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Identifying Suspension Parts on my Mazda 626

Lets start down your list. I'm assuming that your are referring to the rubber thing. This is a strut mount, not the strut mount bearing. The bearing is located between the spring and strut mount. ...
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When should I get an alignment after strut and coil replacement?

I hope that you had the weight back on the wheels before finally tightening the suspension fixings - otherwise there will be extra strain on the bushes and they will fail early. As for how long - ...
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Mercury Milan - Rough ride quality, relatively new tires

With the mileage on the car I'd definitely be looking at worn-out suspension components as the cause. The "Push" test outcome you describe could suggest that the struts/shocks are failing but another ...
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Do I need to align my tires after replacing the struts?

Yes, you do need to get them aligned. You'll be OK driving it to the garage to have it done.
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How long does it take ( and how hard ) to replace front strut and spring assembly on a 2008 CRV?

Do you have jack stands? If not, that's something you'd really need to have. If you are handy and have all the tools, getting it done should not be an issue. Do a search on YouTube and you should be ...
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Strut spring slipped off pad

From the detail in the image it looks like the top part of the spring is broken and has fallen out. The final turn of the spring should have a diameter smaller than the rubber pad so it sits on it ...
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Is strut repair a per-wheel task or across the whole front repair?

Those estimates are per strut. When you're replacing due to wear and tear, it's always good practice to do both sides on the same axle, but if the car was in an accident, you might do only one side. ...
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2018 Nissan Sentra with 50k miles needs struts one side. Can I replace only one side

Assuming the other side to the damaged one has never been replaced (i.e. it has done the full 50k) I'd say you'd be best off replacing both sides together. While the wear on the remaining side won't ...
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Should I check my rear toe after replacing a rear strut, and how?

You can check the rear toe in exactly the same way you check the front toe -- using the same string setup, parallel to the car's centerline, measure the distance from the string to the leading and ...
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Clunking Noise from Rear, Right Tire when hitting bumps

This could be one of several things: Swaybar links broken or missing Worn out strut/shock mount (on either end) Worn out suspension parts ... anywhere the suspension has a bushing which meets the car ...
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Acura TL 2001 squeaking noise

Apparently this particular model suffers from this issue in cold climates. This is due to the factory o-ring failing to provide a good seal and thus allowing air to enter the Power Steering Pump Inlet....
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How Important Are the Rear Shocks / Struts

Wait what? Let's look at some physics here. If you have less grip in the front, your car understeers, you hit the tree and you die. If you have less grip in the rear, you ovesteer, you hit the tree ...
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What to Check When Replacing Struts

Bushes - If you've got the front end apart it's probably worth replacing these, unless they have been done recently. It's also probably worth checking the gaiters on the trackrod ends and driveshaft ...
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My Ride is Still Very Bouncy after Changing the Struts and Strut Mounts

McPherson Strut presumably? What condition is the rest of the suspension in? Bushes etc? How stiff is it supposed to be? Bear in mind that a family car like that will be more wallowy and bouncy than a ...
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Mounting new shocks/struts for 2002 Ford Focus SE

The pinch bolt is 90Nm and the upper strut mount nuts are 25Nm. As long as the strut isn't hitting the CV shaft it should be fine.
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Wobbling wheel, Chevy Malibu LT

This sounds like one or more of the wheelnuts or lug nuts have come off and the remaining ones are loose. Get this checked and have new nuts fitted as necessary. The studs will need checking as well. ...
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Replacing only one strut with something very similar

The risks are the replacement used strut will behave differently than the strut already installed and remaining on the vehicle, and may fail differently (earlier, later, and/or in a different manner). ...
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Replacing only one strut with something very similar

Replacing a leaking strut with a used one in better condition is probably fine, it's doubtful there will be any real issues with it, although there's always some risk. You might get a bit of asymmetry,...
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How to Safely Align Lower Strut Bolt on 2001 Outback

Resolution After finding a description of the process in the Subaru service manual I ended up using the vehicle's scissor jack to lower the rear arm to meet the lower bolthole on the strut. The guide ...
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