Re: S70 strut longevity
Jim Carriere wrote:
> jr wrote:
>> Mike F wrote:
>>> Armchair observer wrote:
>>>> Forgive the dumb questions, but are the shock mount bushings
>>>> replaceable separately from the shocks? What should I look for under
>>>> the carpet?
>>> Under the carpet is the top shock mount nut and the top bushing which is
>>> replaceable separately. If you can make the noise by bouncing the
>>> fender manually, you should be able to determine if it's coming from
>>> there. If you need to drive, then you can have someone sitting in the
>>> back seat with the other half of the seat folded down.
>> I am having this too, can you comment on how the bushing is held in
>> place? Do I have to mess with the shock mounting fasteners to swap out
>> the bushing?
> Two bolts hold the bushing to the trunk floor (there are nuts welded to
> the bottom of the trunk floor, the bolts go straight down from above).
> One nut holds the bushing to the top of the shock absorber- the top of
> the shock is a stud. It will help to have an allen key (6mm?) to keep
> the shock from twisting as you tighten that nut. A normal box wrench
> won't work to tighten that top nut, because it is recessed in the bushing.
> I'd peel back the carpet in the front corners of your trunk to look at
> it, that will give you a much clearer idea than my description.
> That bushing costs about $40 IIRC, when one of mine broke I bought two
> just in case. It is really made of three pieces- two metal pieces
> permanently joined by a rubber piece. In my case the rubber piece
> completely tore and wasn't holding the metal pieces together anymore.
I went and looked this over, (did not realize at first this was
accessable from the trunk) peeled back the carpet. I will wait for a
warmer day than below freezing to replace this. One side is noisy
compared to the other which makes no noise I can hear. Can I swap out
the bushing by getting the one corner of the car I am going to work on
up in the air on a jack stand to allow the shock to fully extend and
there by it will not have any force working againist me to put the new
bushing back in place?
I am learning a great deal from this group, thanks to all.