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Old 02-17-2008, 04:04 PM   #1
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Struts rattling after new springs

I took my 02 ZX3 in for a coolant leak a few months ago and a spring broke on the way to the garage. I got the coolant leak fixed and 2 new springs installed. They asked me if I wanted new struts at the same time because the struts might fall apart or loosen up during the course of replacing the springs. I said No at the time because they wanted something like $500 more for the strut replacement.

Now every time I go over a slight bump or crack or turn hard I hear a very LOUD rattling from the front of the car, not a slight rattle like the guy at the garage told me about. Is this normal? It didn't happen right after the springs were replaced but a couple weeks afterward. I called the garage and spoke to the guy who worked on my car, he said the struts probably gradually loosened over those couple of weeks and are now completely loose, thus the rattling. I know very little about suspension but this seems fishy to me.

Anyone know approximately how much it should cost to replace 2 front struts in an 02 ZX3? I don't want to get ripped off again. Thanks for any assistance you can offer!



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Before you buy new struts....

That rattling is most likely the strut mounts. The shop may not have tightened it down enough. This happened with my SVT contour when I put Eibach springs on.

Open up the hood and look at your strut towers. Make sure all the bolts sticking up through are tight. Don't go crazy on the small ones but make sure they are snug.

For the center nut coming up through the hole in the strut tower take an impact gun/zipgun (whatever you want to call it) and give it a quick blast for a couple seconds. You can also tighten the center with an allen wrench and a closed end wrench if you dont have an impact gun. You need the allen wrench so the
bolt wont spin with the nut.

Also, It would be a good idea to make sure that they tightened the pinch bolt at the bottom of each strut as well as the endlinks connecting your sway bar to the strut. For that you just need to jack up the car and take off the the wheel.

Hope this helps.
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yep I just wnet thru that problem too. see the Top strut bolt needs to be tightened when the car is sitting on th ground and not up in the air with the suspension fully extended.
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Your going to hate hearing this but broken front springs are a warranty issue and covered by Ford.
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For the center nut coming up through the hole in the strut tower take an impact gun/zipgun (whatever you want to call it) and give it a quick blast for a couple seconds. You can also tighten the center with an allen wrench and a closed end wrench if you dont have an impact gun. You need the allen wrench so the
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good answer, but i have to disagree with the part about the impact gun, for the same reason you posted.
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The impact gun will still work on most applications (you obviously wont get a very accurate torque spec). It's such a quick shot to the nut (no pun intended) it will still spin on the threads. An Air ratchet wouldn't work.

I have seen a few shops do it this way as well as on Hot Rod TV or whatever that show is on spike when they replaced the front suspension on a Mustang GT.
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Your going to hate hearing this but broken front springs are a warranty issue and covered by Ford.
I sorta left that part out of my original post. I went through this with my Ford dealer where I originally bought the car. They would not cover my repair under warranty because that TSB or whatever only applied to spring that broke during a specific time frame. I argued with them till I was blue in the face and went to 2 other dealers but they told me the same thing. This makes absolutely no sense but oh well.


Thanks to all for the replies, it's about 2 degrees above zero outside right now in Wisconsin so I will try this tomorrow afternoon when I get a chance. Thanks again!
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I sorta left that part out of my original post. I went through this with my Ford dealer where I originally bought the car. They would not cover my repair under warranty because that TSB or whatever only applied to spring that broke during a specific time frame. I argued with them till I was blue in the face and went to 2 other dealers but they told me the same thing. This makes absolutely no sense but oh well.

Thanks to all for the replies, it's about 2 degrees above zero outside right now in Wisconsin so I will try this tomorrow afternoon when I get a chance. Thanks again!
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Could be that the sway bar endlinks were not tightened up all the way. I've had this problem on a few foci I've worked on (thought it was tightened all the way, but wasn't).
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