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Thread: Yet another Strut question...

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    Re: Yet another Strut question...

    those struts look near identical to my 94 sls's suspension except i do not see a sway bar mount on the strut tower. I swapped over to some passive's i got on ebay for 80 bucks and replaced both the top strut mounts. The noise i once had is 100% gone.


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    Re: Yet another Strut question...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dadillac
    Well that is a good sign. I know that in 2002, you could not get the active suspension in the SLS. It wasn't even an option. I must have missed the part about the dealer giving the part numbers through the VIN. That is the most accurate way to get the correct part.

    Don
    Dadillac, check the RPOs on the underside of the spare tire "lid" in the trunk.

    Read the following excerpt from the manual:
    ( Document ID# 830256 2002 Cadillac Seville)
    There are two Electronic Suspension Control (ESC) systems that are being used in the Seville. The Continuously Variable Road Sensing Suspension (CVRSS) is used in the early models and is designated as RPO F45. The Magnito-Reheological Real Time Damping (MRRTD) system, also known as Magnetic Ride Control is used in the later models and is designated as RPO F55. The name Electronic Suspension Control (ESC) is being used throughout the service manual to avoid confusion as to what system is being used. Both systems electrical function is basically the same and they are diagnosed the same.

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    Re: Yet another Strut question...

    I checked my '02 SLS this morning and I am happy to say that I am passive.

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    Re: Yet another Strut question...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger
    I checked my '02 SLS this morning and I am happy to say that I am passive.
    Hmm I wonder if that means it was only available as an option.

    I bet you're happy.

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    Re: Yet another Strut question...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger
    I checked my '02 SLS this morning and I am happy to say that I am passive.
    Translating to your repair cost will be a lot less.

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    Re: Yet another Strut question...

    Quote Originally Posted by mtflight
    Hmm I wonder if that means it was only available as an option.

    I bet you're happy.
    2002 SLS's did not have the option for the "active" suspension. I was looking over my sales brochure the other day, and noticed that the option list, had an "x" in that area, for the SLS. That means it wasn't available. That is perfectly fine for me. No complaints. I just replaced the front struts, and rear shocks, this past summer. Cost was about $400.00. I am more than ecstatic that my car is passive.

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    Re: Yet another Strut question...

    For those who were intersted in the results, they are in.

    I came home much earlier than I anticipated this afternoon so I had time to go to my friend's garage and to the work on the struts. It took me about 4 hours from start to end of clean up.

    The front end gained I think as much as 1.5" of height above the top of the tire. There is NO MORE metal on metal rattling noise when I run over bumps in the road. The ride is definately much, much smoother.

    I am still hearing a bit of a rubber on rubber rubbing noise but I think those are the rears, as I was told those need replacing but they were not as bad as the fronts.

    I did the write up on the procedure with photos here:

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...ad.php?t=62949

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    Re: Yet another Strut question...

    This is great. I've heard enough horror stories about spring compressors to try it on my own, IMO. Maybe if I let an assistant do that part, I'll be fine.

    now, off to save money.

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    Re: Yet another Strut question...

    Quote Originally Posted by mtflight
    This is great. I've heard enough horror stories about spring compressors to try it on my own, IMO. Maybe if I let an assistant do that part, I'll be fine.

    now, off to save money.
    I agree, i was very worried about doing that part of the job, but, it wasn't bad at all! i just slowly doing a few turns on one side, then the other side.

    just make sure you try and put the compressors diretly opposite from each other and reach them as far to the top and bottom of the coil rungs as possible and it'll compress just fine.

    by the way, if you are unable to rent the tool and don't want to buy one, let me know you can borrow mine. i won't need them again for a while i hope!

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    Re: Yet another Strut question...

    I have had all the same noise's from my 96 etc too,i replaced the struts,bearing plates,sway bar links,and still have the noise.

    I found out after all that my power steering rack was bad,the ineer tie rod ends on the rack were bad,try checking your ball joints.

    Try grabbing the tires at 3 and 9 pm and check for play

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    Re: Yet another Strut question...

    Quote Originally Posted by eldorado billy
    I have had all the same noise's from my 96 etc too,i replaced the struts,bearing plates,sway bar links,and still have the noise.

    I found out after all that my power steering rack was bad,the ineer tie rod ends on the rack were bad,try checking your ball joints.

    Try grabbing the tires at 3 and 9 pm and check for play
    If you don't mind me asking, what did that cost you? Just curious...

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