strut replacement problem

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Old 09-18-10, 11:16 AM
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strut replacement problem

I have a 1997 Nissan Maxima that I am in the middle of replacing front struts. I did the whole spring compression, strut replace part, and now I cant get the bottom bolts to the steering knuckle to line up.

The hub assembly is tilted out from perpendicular and wont move in a way to allow both bottom bolts to line up.

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Old 09-18-10, 05:34 PM
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you have wheel/control arm free up in the air, right?
disconnect tie rod end.
remove strut plate from the fender, then install it on the bottom 2 bolts 1st
then, place strut plate bolts back into fender holes.
or, loosen up the upper bolts, and tug strut assy until it mates with kneckle bracket. rubber donut underneath the strut plate usually compresses enough to give some play.
i remember i had to put my whole weight on control arm on some cars to move knuckle where it needs to be. had to undo lower ball joint on some to allow free play for control arm.
 
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Here's a diagram. Also click on the link under the diagram.





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thanks for the diagram and advice I am heading out to the gargage to put it back together now......
 
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the c/v joint may have pulled apart/possibly-inside the boot
 
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looks exactly like the rest of them struts. unfortunately, every make has its own quirks to deal with. but it looks like having it loose from the top, with upper bolts just securing strut in there, and tie rod end disconnected should do the trick. of course, control arm must be non weight bearing.
looks same as on all our Japanese makes. maybe except wishbone on Honda.
 
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success! its back together. did not have to disconnect the tie rod, but I let the upper bolts loose, connected the bottom, then with a jack holding the steering knucklel guided the upper bolts home.

the other side was the same way, the bottom strut to steering knuckle bolt went in, but the top was off by about 1/2 inch, and no matter how I wiggled or pushed, I could not get it done without taking the top bolts off again.

Way harder than i anticipated.

thanks again for the advice!
 
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Glad you got I figured out. Happy we could help

(Quote) Way harder than i anticipated.

Not really guy. You just havenít swapped out enough. Do more, and in a short time it becomes a ď Walk in the park".
 
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very good. like i said - every car is slightly different. i had one once i had to have 2 jacks, one under rotor, ball joint disconnected, and one under control arm, to guide it all back in. a Chrysler, i think.
normally, the 1st one is error and trial, then the opposite side is poc as you already know what to expect.
well, it's done and over. Beer 4U2
 
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"you haven't done enough".......so true.

I am spread out all over the place with trying to fix it all myself, so each thing is a new adventure. Who knows when the next strut I replace will happen (of course after doing the rears on this nissan).

nothing like a good challenge.
 
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(Quote) Nothing like a good challenge.

Couldnít have said it better myself. Especially in this business. Just get in there and take things apart. Learn by doing. In this business experience is the best teacher.
 
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