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    Step by step instructions for replacing front strut bearings on 2006 DTS

    I have searched this site and googled for instructions for replacing the front strut bearings on my 2006 DTS. I have seen some pictures but no actual instructions or YouTube videos. Anyone have this information or can steer me to a website?

    From my research I assume my problem is the strut bearings. Symptoms are a slight clunk sound when backing or steering at slow speeds or even when turning the steering wheel left or right when sitting still. I also hear a slight clunk when going at low speed over any bumps. I assume it is either these strut bearings or possibly the intermediate steering shaft. The problem seems very similar to my 2003 Chevy Silverado pick up. The problem there was poor design of the intermediate steering shaft. Are the symptoms for a defective intermediate steering shaft any different? I don't want to change the wrong parts unnecessarily.

    Back to the change out of the strut bearings, what special tools are required to remove the struts? I assume spring compressors? Any particular style or brand? What about torque specs? Can the struts be removed with hand tools or is an impact wrench required?

    Pictures I have seen on the net indicate the tire must be raised off the ground, thus the strut full extended before removal? Is there any problem using a floor jack under the car in the area indicated for jack placement?

    Car has less that 46,000 miles on it. Any reason to replace the struts at the same time? Other than the noise the car seems to ride fine and I don't want to throw money at it if new struts are not required. Oh, by the way, it has the standard suspension not the expensive MRC.

    Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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    If you have the base model the best thing is go to ebay buy the entire unit they have it for around 250 the pair. They are oem it come with the strut, mount and spring.
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    Re: Step by step instructions for replacing front strut bearings on 2006 DTS

    You can check the bearings by putting the vehicle on a lift with tires just off the ground, have a friend turn the wheel left to right, and check for bearing noises. Clunk noise may be LCA ball joint as well.

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    Re: Step by step instructions for replacing front strut bearings on 2006 DTS

    This can be done with a floor jack and hand tools. The front wheel of the side you're working on must be off the ground completely. You will also probably need to use the jack to support adjust the height of the lower control arm once you remove the lower mount bolts from the strut. I'd also suggest that you use a propane torch too to heat the lower bolts to help break them loose because they are on there really good!

    Buy the whole assembly. I purchased a set from Detroit Axle and have been very happy with them.

    Being that the car is only 4 years old and less than 50k miles, I think you're pretty safe to replace just the one side.

    www.detroitaxle.com

    I agree, it could be the lower control arm ball joint or the bushings in the arm itself. I recently thought I had a bad strut bearing, it turned out to be the front bushing on the lower control arm. You should get some help to pinpoint the problem before wasting time and money replacing expensive parts that are labor intensive to replace that don't need to be replaced.

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    Re: Step by step instructions for replacing front strut bearings on 2006 DTS

    Sorry but I need instructions for the upper front mount where the shock piston enters the engine dept. through a rubber bushing bolted into a tower. Mine broke through the worn out rubber bushing and is now beating a hole through the hood. Thanks.

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