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When your 1990 Olds struts need replacing do you also need a mtg kit?


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2008-03-01 19:25:53
2008-03-01 19:25:53

You may not necessarily need them, but it would be aggravating to have to pull them apart again 6 months from now. If it were me, I would change the mounts and the springs while they are out, especially if you have more than 100,000 miles. If you hear a clunk while hitting bumps, or if the center metal piece of the mount comes loose easily after removal from the strut, the mount is probably finished- replace it.


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If you don't have the right tools don't attempt to change your struts. Getting the struts of is, easy but you have to have a spring compressor once you get them off also you need a workbench with a vice to remove the spring. Very Dangerous without proper tools.

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You can check for any fluid leak around the shock.Additional informationIf they are in need of replacing it is a good idea to also replace the upper strut mounts at the same time. I had one fail 5 months after replacing the struts, wasn't pretty.

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Possibly could use a wheel alignment, or tire pressure on all tires the same,or it also could be your stabilizer rods need replacing and while your looking at them check your struts and springs.good luck with that.

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