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Old 06-15-2004, 06:00 PM   #1
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Yep, she'* starting to bind up. Driver'* side. Can this be a home repair to replace the bearing? Or will the spring need to be compressed and all that shop crap? What can I do to make it free up some and last longer?
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I suggest replacing the bearing plates. I bought mine on Ebay and got 2 for the price of one. Search on Ebay the same guy has more on there. 2 Bearing plates delivered to me was like $50.00 including shipping. These plates were also Gabrial'* # 142226.

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HI mine were squeeking.........i removed the plastic covers on top of the struts.....and sprayed half a can of slick 50 on the bearing and plate.....been about six months....the squeek hasnt returned......worth a try....
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Default Strut Bearings

They're not all that hard to replace. You can get a spring compressor from autozone or buy them from harborfreight.com... really inexpensive.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=3980

They take 1 -2 hours depending on your tool set and how big a hammer you have to drive out the lower bolts. you will need an alignment afterwards.

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Shhhwank!!! Thanks guys! I'll try poppin' the top off the strut tower and lubin' those puppies for now, then replace them when I have the moolah. Once again, thanks guys!
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Shhhwank!!! Thanks guys! I'll try poppin' the top off the strut tower and lubin' those puppies for now, then replace them when I have the moolah. Once again, thanks guys!
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The bearing that your going to try and lube with some kind of spray is on the bottom of the plate. I doubt that the spray will actually hit the bearing. Spend the $50.00 and you'll be alot happier.

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