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    Re: Front strut compression

    Alright so it seems like some of you are saying to push the strut up and the push the lower control arm down at the same time. I will try this tomorrow morning and let you know how it works.

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    Re: Front strut compression

    Alright I just took the strut off and took a few pictures for you guys.

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    Alright I think the strut is done for because when I compressed the springs and took off the top mount, the plastic deterioted. It is from the part the nut goes game off. And when I went to put it back together I had to lean the spring pretty far to the side to be able to get the strut back thru the spring. Plus the top of the strut kept falling down and I had to pull it back up to be able to connect. So would this be a suitable replacement? Strut And do I have to replace all 4 of them to passive or can I just change this one because I want to keep the cost to a minimum.

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    Re: Front strut compression

    that is NOT how I would do it -

    but if you decide to use that unit - you MUST replace BOTH front struts -

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    Quote Originally Posted by basscatt View Post
    that is NOT how I would do it -

    but if you decide to use that unit - you MUST replace BOTH front struts -
    Thank you for your quick response and correct me if I'm wrong but you're saying to stay with the active suspension. Now would this be a suitable replacement?

    Active Strut

    Number 2

    Number 3

    Number 4

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    Used shocks/struts are a complete waste of money. They're just as old as the ones getting replaced, and you won't know if they're good or not until after you install them.

    If you're looking for the cheap way out, just buy 2 new passive struts, and install resistors to keep the computer happy.

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    Re: Front strut compression

    ebay? local wrecking yard is good too. so is strut mount bad or actual strut shaft bent? why replace strut if mount is bad? you got pics. take off strut. take off mount. what do they look like? you can easily separate all the parts since you got spring compressor

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    Re: Front strut compression

    This situation is too confusing to give advice. If you need to replace the struts, plural, don't replace just one, then check out the recent threads on the subject. Different options are covered. Pretty expensive lesson no doubt.

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    Re: Front strut compression

    correct me if I'm wrong
    but you're saying to stay with the active suspension.


    NO - I have absolutely no problem with changing to the PASSIVE struts -
    in fact - I usually recommend them - the $$$$$$$ difference is staggering -
    and the vast majority would never notice the difference -
    especially on a 14 year old car - with 100,000+ miles on it -

    there are some parts that just aren't worth replacing with junk yard parts -
    struts and shocks are at the top of that list - with few exceptions -

    GENERALLY SPEAKING -
    shocks and struts with 100,000+ miles are about shot -
    at minimum - they are "well-worn" - if not worn-out -
    I suppose - in your case - in a real pinch -
    you could buy 1 junk yard strut - and use the bearing plate -
    and spring seats - or whatever else is screwed up -
    but retain the original spring and strut -

    the PROPER solution would be to replace BOTH front struts -
    I would go with Monroe 71684 - $64 each -
    and Monroe 902972 upper mounts - $51 each -
    both available through amazon.com
    along with a couple resistors to "fool" the electronics -

    good luck - and keep us posted -

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    Re: Front strut compression

    Did you ever get this fixed? I have pairs of front and rear struts/shocks minus the springs that you can have for the cost of shipping. They came off my ''99 STS with 117K miles. Not throwing codes, just typical wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EcSTSatic View Post
    Did you ever get this fixed? I have pairs of front and rear struts/shocks minus the springs that you can have for the cost of shipping. They came off my ''99 STS with 117K miles. Not throwing codes, just typical wear.
    WOW thanks but I actually just ordered a strut from a local junkyard yesterday that I'm going to be picking up tomorrow. If it doesn't work out I will definitely let you know. And here are a few pictures for you guys to scratch your head at.

    This is when the spring is just sitting on the lower rubber mount.


    Side angle of it.

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    Re: Front strut compression

    should strut extend with no top mount?

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    Re: Front strut compression

    Alright CadiForums I finally get her back on the road. I just decided to hire someone to fix it because I don't have the time right now with finals... So to fix it they took a crow bar and jammed it in the lower control arm and pushed down and bam it was lining up perfectly. But of course that wasn't the end of everything because when I had the car jacked up I noticed that there was only 1 lugnut on the passenger hub! So I got a new hub and installed it and now I'm getting the alignment done at the shop. Everything's looking good for now. Thanks for the help everyone.

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    Crowbar repair? If it does not move with little hammer, use bigger hammer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stoveguyy View Post
    Crowbar repair? If it does not move with little hammer, use bigger hammer?
    Pretty much it was a 3 foot crowbar with a pipe added to the end. Life's a whole lot easier with some big hammers.

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