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Old 11-15-2006, 10:26 AM   #11
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When I had my struts out I took that bearing out and regreased it and voila...clunk gone, steering easier...etc. twas very easy to do. The bearing pack was 100% DRY. That can't be good.
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When I had my struts out I took that bearing out and regreased it and voila...clunk gone, steering easier...etc. twas very easy to do. The bearing pack was 100% DRY. That can't be good.
Wow! That just might work. I was operating under the assumption that the bearing was sealed and therefore not greaseable. BTW, does that mount in the image look plastic to you or is it made out of steel?
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I think the bearing is plastic, but it has metal inserts that the roller balls ride on? You can't tell by the picture, but I can guarantee that the roller balls do not ride on plastic! It would not take the force.

And yes, disassembling the bearing and applying grease to it will do wonders for the noise...if it is indeed the strut bearings that are producing the noise?
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...if it is indeed the strut bearings that are producing the noise?
That'* just it... I don't know what else it could be. If you take a red clay flower pot, turn it upside down and drop it 3 inches onto your concrete patio, it makes that exact same sound; a hollow clack.
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Alright I got the strut out right now. Does the big center nut on top of the strut have to come out to get the mount off? Edit - I just realized that if I have to remove the center nut, then I have to compress the spring first right? Do I have to do all this to get the mount off?
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Alright I got the strut out right now. Does the big center nut on top of the strut have to come out to get the mount off? Edit - I just realized that if I have to remove the center nut, then I have to compress the spring first right? Do I have to do all this to get the mount off?
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Alright it'* done! I had to go to Autozone to rent me a spring compressor. The strut bearing was pretty dry; just a very thin film and that'* it. I re-packed the bearing with some red grease I had laying around. I haven't driven the car yet; so I don't know if the noise has gone away.

FWIW, there are 68 steel balls in the bearing and they are size 3/16".
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make sure you go get an alignment soon!
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Alright it'* done! I had to go to Autozone to rent me a spring compressor. The strut bearing was pretty dry; just a very thin film and that'* it. I re-packed the bearing with some red grease I had laying around. I haven't driven the car yet; so I don't know if the noise has gone away.

FWIW, there are 68 steel balls in the bearing and they are size 3/16".
See! Told you it was easy. Now let us know with that noise, I would be very curious to know.But if it did not go away then at least you know its something else and you didn't spend the money buying new bearings.
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THE NOISE IS STILL THERE! Auuuggg!
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