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Author Topic: Upper Strut Mounts  (Read 4175 times)

Offline derekod

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Upper Strut Mounts
« on: September 18, 2016, 03:54:40 PM »
I need to replace the upper strut mounts as I am putting down the play that I see in turning the wheel from right to left jacked up as been the issue for my inner tyre rib wear.
Can someone recommend a good quality pair of mounts that will meet or exceed the OEM pair?
Is there enough room to split the strut from the lower half in situation.

As regards the job itself.
What size are the large calliper retaining bolts? If I need to take the complete assembly out.
I will need to but some coil spring clamps.

What time would I be looking at without using an air gun each side.

Its been twenty years since I last worked actively as a mechanic, just have to decide if it is worth my while doing the job myself or bring it in and have it done, or the other option could be to rent out a car bay.

Offline insanitybeard

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Re: Upper Strut Mounts
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2016, 05:37:32 PM »
There's another thread a few down from this one titled top mounts, have you read the comments on that? There is a writeup in the reference library for replacing the mounts but it's strut out I think. My front caliper bracket bolts on my '54 plate 130 TDI are 27mm I.I.R.C.
« Last Edit: September 18, 2016, 05:44:58 PM by insanitybeard »
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Offline johnnyroper

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Re: Upper Strut Mounts
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2016, 07:25:24 PM »
What's the condition of the nut on strut mount? Take a look at that first as you may need to chop top of damper as they collect water and corrode quite badly. Then it would be damper change also.
I would just undo the calliper slider bolts and just take piston assembly off and secure out the way if taking whole strut off.

Not had strut out of a galaxy but going by how it looks I can't imagine it taking more than a few hours to do both sides..... Unless top nut is a PITA anyway.



Offline derekod

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Re: Upper Strut Mounts
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2016, 10:15:17 AM »
I was going to go with a set of Sachs strut mounts for 27.99 on ebay but then I saw there is a pair of BERGH struts complete with top mounts for 77.00 seeing as there is 160.00miles on the Galaxy it might be the better option as I do not know if they are still the originals.
What is the BERGH brand like and and how they would stack up to the oem ones.
They do come with a 2 year unlimited mileage warranty.



Offline alial

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Re: Upper Strut Mounts
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2016, 02:13:06 PM »
hi..the retaining bolts as far as i remember is 21mm.. if the bearing is ok and you need to change just mount then disconnecting drop link will drop suspension assembly giving fair space to take top mount out...   

Offline bigdave982

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Re: Upper Strut Mounts
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2016, 06:58:18 PM »
Ive posted this before ,through persoanl experience on mk1 &2s . The top nut is a real pita. No room for.easy access, hex key in top to hold so can only use a spanner to turn nut or hex ended spark plug socket
 The hex in end of damper shaft will split as youtry to wind nut up, no matter how muchyou try to clean threads
Do your self a favour and save hours and blood
Buy two new top cups, the bits that the nut is sitting in and just cut old ones off using thin blade in angle grinder
This will let you drop leg right out and you can then attck top nut on a bench. I found impact gun would spin it off nicely

Offline alial

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Re: Upper Strut Mounts
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2016, 10:42:15 PM »
i totally agree with bigdave ... but if there is spare time i think it is ok to try...taking out the bulkhead, air filter assembly, air hose from engine to air filter,battery and the  plastic base where coolant bottel sit ..will give space and ease the job.. if no luck then bigdave says what to do...   
« Last Edit: September 22, 2016, 10:44:31 PM by alial »

Offline johnnyroper

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Re: Upper Strut Mounts
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2016, 03:01:36 AM »
If they are anything like mine I wouldn't even bother getting the spanner out to try them,never in a million years would they spin off with the amount of rust. If and when mine need doing it will be a case of chopping them off and replacing the whole strut as threads on shock are totally shot.

Offline Dave Kent

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Re: Upper Strut Mounts
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2016, 07:33:37 AM »
I've just changed 2 springs/struts/ retainer plates, top mounts and more. It was a challenge.
The first strut top nut was a problem and I ended up drilling into the nut in enough places to weaken it then split it with a chisel. This damaged the damper threads but it didn't matter as the strut was being replaced.
The other side top nut was just as rusty but I used a small wire brush (intended for use in a drill) to brush the threads clear, sprayed loads of oil on then fitted a correctly sized nut on the exposed thread. It started, I tightened it a small amount - removed it, re oiled tightened it further and repeated the process until the nut would go easily down to the problem nut. When I then  tried to remove the problem nut it came off relatively easily and the thread was re usable.
This method is worth a try.

Offline johnnyroper

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Re: Upper Strut Mounts
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2016, 10:42:12 AM »
Smear of grease on nut and  a rubber glove over top plate once all finished will prevent the problem happening again

 

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