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    Strut Mount Problem?

    How do you know if the strut mount is bad? i'm trying to diagnois what the hell is wrong with my car now and i'm going through the steps. The clunk seemed to get better when i put more of a rubber washer between the mount and control arm. dont get it to be honest. but any suggestions

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    What "clunk" noise do you get and when do you get it?

    4th gens seem to have a problem with rust in the upper strut mount area.

    Unfortunately the only to tell is to remove the strurt and upper control arm assembly.

    I had the shaft of on so rusted there was no more nut - it had rusted away!
    Leaving the strut shaft to do what it wanted to.

    The upper strut mount is made of rubber, not to expensive though.
    If the rubber is broken, torn or worn out - it should be visible

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotabekidding View Post
    What "clunk" noise do you get and when do you get it?

    4th gens seem to have a problem with rust in the upper strut mount area.

    Unfortunately the only to tell is to remove the strurt Pand upper control arm assembly.

    I had the shaft of on so rusted there was no more nut - it had rusted away!
    Leaving the strut shaft to do what it wanted to.

    The upper strut mount is made of rubber, not to expensive though.
    If the rubber is broken, torn or worn out - it should be visible
    I maybe forgot to take something off the old assembly when I installed the new.stuff? Nobody really describes what.needs.to be taken off the old strut I must of did something wrong

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    Starting from the strut itself

    there is a small spacer that will either go on top of or below the "boot"

    Then the boot

    Then comes the mount

    Then there is another rubber thing that sits in the mount

    Then the nut

    Slide the control arm assembly over it and install in the car

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotabekidding View Post
    Starting from the strut itself

    there is a small spacer that will either go on top of or below the "boot"

    Then the boot

    Then comes the mount

    Then there is another rubber thing that sits in the mount

    Then the nut

    Slide the control arm assembly over it and install in the car
    thanks for the help i figured it out today and wow what a .............mess! I have lost it today. My strut mounts basically were bad so i ordered new ones from autozone. took my car apart at work and opened the box and had two left strut mounts!!!!! I was so ripped cause i had to order them. Then i just went and did one side i find out that the mount was junk didnt fit in correct then the studs fell out, the bolts wouldnt go in cause it kept turning. what a long ass day or few days WOW! A easy job just turned into a monster project thats what happens when you live in new england it sucks here the bolts were rusted to hell. I'll post some pictures tomorrow of it. Thanks for the help

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    Heres some before and after pics what do you think??? It handles amazing and the ride is great not much stiffer than it was with stock springs and struts/shocks

    Before Eibach Pro's Bilsteins all around



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    Unfortunately, I think I have the same problem:



    Quote Originally Posted by gotabekidding View Post
    What "clunk" noise do you get and when do you get it?

    4th gens seem to have a problem with rust in the upper strut mount area.

    Unfortunately the only to tell is to remove the strurt and upper control arm assembly.

    I had the shaft of on so rusted there was no more nut - it had rusted away!
    Leaving the strut shaft to do what it wanted to.

    The upper strut mount is made of rubber, not to expensive though.
    If the rubber is broken, torn or worn out - it should be visible

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    I might have to deal with the smog nazi's in Cali but at least my car doesn't have to get subjected to salt and snow.. that really sucks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camaro69Mac View Post
    thanks for the help i figured it out today and wow what a .............mess! I have lost it today. My strut mount basically were bad so i ordered new ones from autozone. took my car apart at work and opened the box and had two left strut mounts!!!!! I was so ripped cause i had to order them. Then i just went and did one side i find out that the mount was junk didnt fit in correct then the studs fell out, the bolts wouldnt go in cause it kept turning. what a long ass day or few days WOW! A easy job just turned into a monster project thats what happens when you live in new england it sucks here the bolts were rusted to hell. I'll post some pictures tomorrow of it. Thanks for the help
    I guess i have the same problem now with my mount. I am not a mechanic and has a bit knowledge for things like this one. I'll try to check on this two and helpfully will figured out the problem too.
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    i have found that anything other than GM mounts do not fit very well...my .02

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