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Old 08-02-2012, 06:27 PM   #31
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I finally got it, I grabbed my map gas and heated it up, and that helped me break it free, next time I go quick strut!!!!!!!!!!
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Thanks, I have yet to measure my ride height to see if it is the same in the rear after replacing the struts, when I look at the car it always seems like the right rear is a bit higher now than the left side, it rides ok though, and should ride better come Tuesday, I'm getting it aligned, I'm going to hold off on doing my ball joints till I get money to replace my front struts, and get new tires, which I'm sure another alignment will be due by the time I can afford to get that done.
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When I first did mine, the rear end seem jacked up for a week or two. After that, it settled right down to where it should have.
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When I first did mine, the rear end seem jacked up for a week or two. After that, it settled right down to where it should have.
It may just be that, I have not driven it much since replacing them, I have been trying not too till I get my alignment.
I cannot wait to replace the front ones later on, and get another alignment, I'd get them now, but I don't have an extra 200.00 to get them both.
Once I replace those 133k old struts :o , I imagine it will ride nice and smooth once again.
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I got around to getting an alignment today, so I decided to measure and see just how high the rear right side is sitting, and it is a total of 2" higher the the other side, I was rotating a tire to the front, so during jacking the right rear side up I grabbed the strut and shook it, there is play/noise coming from behind the top part that is covered by the air bag, my rear left strut does not have this play.
The strut seems to function ok, but I don't like that play in it, since it is just on that side something has to be wrong, anybody ever had a similar issue with a new air strut being bad?
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i thought mine were because they were rigid almost until driving it a couple weeks, seems pretty common though. not sure where you are talking about is loose?
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i thought mine were because they were rigid almost until driving it a couple weeks, seems pretty common though. not sure where you are talking about is loose?
I'd think it was normal if it sat a bit closer to the height of the other side, and if I did not hear a noise that comes from inside the strut when I try to move/shake it a bit.
Here is a pic of about where it sounds like the noise is coming from, it does not sound like it is coming from the strut to knuckle, or the upper strut to strut mount or car body.
I'll try to find an exploded view of the strut if I can..
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im not really sure if thats a problem i would guess no because you had it unloaded and your compressor is working, right?

try jacking up the front in the center and then see if its still uneven
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im not really sure if thats a problem i would guess no because you had it unloaded and your compressor is working, right?

try jacking up the front in the center and then see if its still uneven
I'm not either, as it does ride fine, it just looks like I had that side jacked up a bit.
As for the shock being unloaded, I'm not sure if it was totally unloaded, as this was my first time replacing a strut, and all I did was read over the instructions that came with it, and my AllData manual info, and no where did I see anything about making sure the strut is unloaded, how would you make sure it is unloaded, or unload it if it was not?
The compressor works, it comes on for a few seconds after starting the car, then does not come on anymore after that.
NOTE: I did lower that side down before letting the compressor come on, at the time I did not think about it causing any problems, I am not sure that would do more than pinch the bag though, I am not sure how it would cause the strut to loosen up inside..

I did some reading, and got to thinking, and you may be on to something with the front end, I noticed the front right is a little lower than my left front, so the strut is probably bad, I'm not sure if it is causing the 2" difference though, I'll jack the front right up a bit, and see if it makes it lower.
I'm still going to try to replace it once I can get around to getting other more important stuff done, as even if it is off like it is due to the front end, there is definitely something loose inside the strut, and the only way I would be able to look at it is cut the air bag off.
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