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Old 03-08-2004, 02:17 PM   #1
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A little while ago a shop told me that i need to replace my front suspension and i agree with that. But then they said that my front stut mounts need to be replaced with out even looking under the car or hood. So now i am second guessing the replacement of my strut mounts, how can i tell if they need to be replaced? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanx
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Have someone in the car moving the steering wheel from one side to the next slowly while you put your ear near the strut tower. If you hear any creaking or generally rough movement then they need to be changed. They are basically bearings inside them attached to a plat with 3 bolts that extend through the strut tower.
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Sounds like a plan, thanks!
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I believe those are the same parts that would cause your car to pull to one side if you recently turned a corner. Mine does. Every time I turn right, my car pulls that way. When I turn left, the problem is corrected.
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I think I would be checking out my front end in that case. It sounds like the castor (part of an alignment) is way off or something. That is just not natural.....
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I've had an alignment, it didn't help. Two seperate dealerships told me the same deal with the "upper strut bearings."

Cheap part, but labor was a lot higher.
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Come to think of it they are probably right. The labour is high because it is almost like doing a complete strut job which of course includes an alignment.
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some told me its a condition called memory steering where it pulls to the side that you last made a turn?? could that be true?
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If you want to call it that, yes. That side effect happens to my car al the time.
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