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Author Topic: Front strut top mount replacement  (Read 6034 times)

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Front strut top mount replacement
« on: May 08, 2015, 07:16:58 PM »
Hi all, i´m new on this forum having found your very helpful advice on strut bearing/mount replacement. I have a few questions though and would really appreciate some help. My car failed the German MOT (i´m based in Germany by the way!), one of the problems, too much movement on strut. On removing the top rubber mount ( what a job!! i have a few tips to pass on ref. rusted top nut/thread etc. if anyone´s interested!) i see the difference in size between the old and new rubbers is only about 3mm!! Doesn´t seem a lot.  i´ve also come across UK MOT advisory info on the Galaxy/Sharan suspension check and allowances being made for movement in the front struts. I´m getting concerned i might be doing this work when it´s not actually necessary. Any ideas??

Lastly, on tightening the top nut, the one inside the metal cup, do i need to tighten to a torque specification, and if so how do you do that without the strut turning? It´s ok tightening with a ring spanner and allen key but how do you stop the strut turning when using a torque wrench?
Any help greatly appreciated.

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Front strut rubber mountings/replacement
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2015, 07:31:42 PM »
I may have posted this question twice, being new to the forum. If so please forgive me, and i´ll keep this brief just in case!

Questions:- What is the usual difference, in mm, between an old strut top mounting rubber compared to a new item? I´m measuring about 3mm which doesn´t seem a lot and has me fearing i´m doing the job needlessly! (one side done so far!)

Do i need to torque the top nut, the one inside the cup, not the one on top of the spring and bearing? If so to what figure, and how do i keep the strut from turning at the same time without being able to hold it in place with an allen key?

Very many thanks for any help  :P

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Re: Front strut top mount replacement
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2015, 08:15:28 PM »

I expect there is a torque specification for the strut top nut but I don't know off the top of my head what it is, I'd suspect it would be in the range of 60-80nm. Usually, assuming space permits I've tended to hold the locknut steady with a ring spanner and then reverse turn (i.e, anticlockwise) the damper rod using either an internal torx or hex socket (depending on what the damper rod is machined to accept) on a torque wrench to achieve the same result. I know access is poor on the Galaxy but I think there's enough room there to do this.
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Re: Front strut rubber mountings/replacement
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2015, 08:46:13 PM »
Hello  welcome5
It's not just the height the whole body of the mount will be squashed which in total makes quite a difference when actually fitted.

The torque setting for the top nut is 44ibft or 60nm
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Re: Front strut top mount replacement
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2015, 03:23:57 PM »
Yes that could work, it makes sense. Thanks for your help.


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