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Old 11-12-2013, 01:21 PM   #1
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strut replacement--one or both?

Hi all, new here, nice to meet you all.

I have a 2004 ZTW. about 125,000 miles.. It recently started clunking up front when turning the steering wheel--diagnosed as a bad strut mount. The rx: replace both front struts to the tune of $600. This is the local Firestone.

Two noobish questions:

Is it possible to replace just the mount?

Also--any reason I couldn't find one used salvage strut with approx the same mileage and a good mount and just replace the one? Anyone here ever do this? I predict the official line will be "Not recommended" but what's the subtext?

Thanks guys and gals!

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You can get a replacement strut/spring assembled from rock auto for the fronts for like $60-100 each (iirc, there is no difference in the front struts between models, just wagons have a unique rear end.)

This would be a direct replacement ("quick-strut") and is something you can do with basic hand tools.


Pretty much page 7-9 but skipping steps 5-7 as you will be just swapping in your new unit.
http://www.fordracingparts.com/downl...m-3000-zx3.pdf
(you shouldnt have to remove the rotor either)


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"Firestone" is your first problem. They will rob you blind.

At 125,000 miles and 10 years, its probably worth investing in new shocks & struts for the front and rear. If that's not possible then definitely consider replacing the front struts. This is something you can do easily on your own with rented tools from Autozone and a Haynes manual at your side. Not comfortable doing that? Find a friend or a locally owned shop that will allow you to supply your own replacement parts and have them install it for you.

Shop for replacement parts at RockAuto.com for the best selection and prices.

All I'm saying is... for $600 I could do a LOT more than fix a noisy strut mount...
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You can get a replacement strut/spring assembled from www.rockauto.com for the fronts for like $60 each (iirc, there is no difference in the front struts between models, just wagons have a unique rear end.0 This would be a direct replacement and is something you can do with basic hand tools.
cheers. So if I could replace the windshield washer pump, I can probably do this? Just need a way to get the car up safely,--I only have the jack the car came with. I probably need to take it into another mech for a 2nd.

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"Firestone" is your first problem. They will rob you blind.

At 125,000 miles and 10 years, its probably worth investing in new shocks & struts for the front and rear. If that's not possible then definitely consider replacing the front struts. This is something you can do easily on your own with rented tools from Autozone and a Haynes manual at your side. Not comfortable doing that? Find a friend or a locally owned shop that will allow you to supply your own replacement parts and have them install it for you.

Shop for replacement parts at RockAuto.com for the best selection and prices.

All I'm saying is... for $600 I could do a LOT more than fix a noisy strut mount...
I was thinking that maybe this time they were going a bit too far. They have been pretty good till now, seemingly. But who knows.

Thanks, I think I may be able to find a mech who can do that.

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cheers. So if I could replace the windshield washer pump, I can probably do this? Just need a way to get the car up safely,--I only have the jack the car came with. I probably need to take it into another mech for a 2nd.

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Invest $50 in a pair of 2-3ton jack stands a set of chocks... It will save you much money going forward. they go on sale often at harbor frieght if you have any locally, same for online at Amazon. Part stores have them but they tend to be 10-20% more expensive.



I would suggest seeing if the endlinks are bad first...try disconnecting them and see if the noise goes away (jack car up, take off wheel, unbolt one of the endlinks. Put car the wheel back on, drop the car and test drive.) If it is, replacing those easy. Although after this many miles and years, good chance the front/rear struts need to be replaced soon.
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Invest $50 in a pair of 2-3ton jack stands a set of chocks... It will save you much money going forward. they go on sale often at harbor frieght if you have any locally, same for online at Amazon. Part stores have them but they tend to be 10-20% more expensive.



I would suggest seeing if the endlinks are bad first...try disconnecting them and see if the noise goes away. If it is, then just replace those. Although after this many miles and years, good chance the front/rear struts need to be replaced soon.
Thanks! I appreciate your advice!

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I was thinking that maybe this time they were going a bit too far. They have been pretty good till now, seemingly. But who knows.

Thanks, I think I may be able to find a mech who can do that.

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I like firestone for alignments...thats about all i use them for. Life time alignment and me raising/lowering my coilovers a few times a year pays off.

btw, if you replace your shocks/struts you will need an alignment
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