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Old 07-25-2004, 03:30 AM   #1
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Everytime I turn the corner sharply, or off a bit of an incline....*BANG* It is a really loud popping noise, more like a hollow echo coming from the front end. Also, after the popping noise, or sharp turning....my car likes to pull in that direction. Any Ideas?
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Definitly upper stru mount bearing. The SSE did that for about a year until I fixed
it. The right front srut bearing popped out of its locating surface.
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Thanks guys!
I am going to go and have that checked out pretty soon. One more question - will I need to do the entire strut mount assembly, or just the bearing? How much approx., CDN should I expect to pay for that?
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Its just the upper bearing popping out out its cage and turning the spring.
This torque on the spring causes the car to pull to one side.
My car used to pull to the right after the pop. I would put my foot on the brake
and turn the wheel all the way to the left until it popped back in and it would stop
pulling.
I think the dealer quoted me 1 hr labor plus parts.
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Have had to replace both front strut bearings not because of any popping but because they developed (not at the same time) the most incredible piercing squeak. Sometimes.

First time I pulled the entire strut, second time I was able to just compress it and replace the bearing with only the top loose (must REALLY trust the spring compressors though, I used two separate ones). This does not upset the alignment. Hard part is pulling the strut back up to start the big nut.

There is an offset pad at the top right under the bearing and unless it is in exactly the right place (so that all three studs come up evenly when you bolt everything back up), it is very easy for the strut bearing to slide to the side. Is not easy to rotate when assembled but it can be done if loosened as far as possible with the spring still compressed.
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Holy crap...did i ever get a list.
I went to have it all checked over today, and they gave me a list of stuff they 'think' I should fix. Strut Mounts, Struts, Shocks, Springs, CV Joints, Tie Rod Ends, and Wheel Bearings. They also mentioned u-joints.....are those not a RWD thing? LOL
So off to an honest mechanic I go! LOL I have never been treated like that before ...I just replaced the last 3 items in that list in May......so obviously they could tell I am mechanically retarded, and wanted to make some money.
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here we go again with the dishonest repair shop.
You could actually lubricate the upper bearing and it would fix the problem.
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I am going to call my buddy that knows cars, and see what he can do for me.....I am going to see of he'll lubricate it for me. Thanks again
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The last time I tried injecting a good spray lubricant all around the strut bearing. Week later the squeak came back. I suspect is is corrosion on the rollers or the platic givung way under load. Bearing out of car felt about the same as the new one so must be loaded to squeak.
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I turned the wheel all the way to the right, popped off the dust cover and mixed up a slurry of 90w gear oil and white lithium grease. worked it into the three holes on top
on three or four occasions when it acted up and its been going good ever since.
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