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Old 09-27-2011, 02:39 PM   #1
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strut nut coming loose

A year ago, I had a shop put on my struts and shocks and now a year later I noticed that the strut nut (the center nut in the pic below [pic is form the how-to section]) is halfway off.


Can I tighten the nut without taking the entire strut off the car?? Or do I need to take it off and compress the spring?


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You usually need a special wrench to get down in the hole, or a "o" ratchet. Then you hold the strut shaft still with the Allen wrench and tighten the nut. You might be able to find a big offset wrench to do it with, or a crow's foot flared wrench- fits on a 3/8 square drive, but is deeper than a crow's foot. I think you can rent those, but I can't remember what the kit was for.

I'd be more curious to find out why it loosened. You might need to locate a nylon locking nut, or put a dab of blue thread lock on it. Don't use red.
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you can tighten the nut with it on the car.

When i put in my new struts the nuts were to large for the strut, so it appears they are not tight. The nuts are tight as possible, no issues. I never hurts to check, but it might actually be tight enough. You would hear a LOUD clunk if it was halfway loose.
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Can you take it back to the shop that put the struts on your car?

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you can tighten the nut with it on the car.

When i put in my new struts the nuts were to large for the strut, so it appears they are not tight. The nuts are tight as possible, no issues. I never hurts to check, but it might actually be tight enough. You would hear a LOUD clunk if it was halfway loose.
I do hear a clunk and I thought I didnt tighten the motor mount correctly but it turns out that the motor mount is fine but the strut is whats clunking
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Here is the loose nut



Here is the other strut

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Yup - Loose...

The "cheat" method that SOMETIMES works, is to find a friend with an impact wrench, a couple quick hits with that SHOULD tighten it right up. If it doesn't, you need the allen wrench & whatever fits the nut. The "issue" is that it's a "special tool" that has a hole in the center of the ratchet for the allen key....

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All you gotta do is tighten it with an impact gun. Worked on mine every-time I've done struts on a car.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:28 PM   #9
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ok thanks guys.. as long as I don't have to take the whole damn thing out lol
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another method that works....

Use an open end wrench and come in from the top on two of the flat surfaces of the nut. Then use another wrench or screw driver in the other end of the open end wrench to turn the nut/wrench (it all forms a 'T' like shape). You can get a hex key/allen wrench in there at the same time.

This works well when rust is not a problem.....
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