Front Struts - mount R+R
I rebuilt the whole front suspension on my Tbird. It handles amazingly. But, as soon as I drove it after getting it all together, I realized I still have a clunking noise coming from the Passenger Strut area. I am pretty sure the strut mount is the source of the clunk - it happens only when the road gets rough, its a sort of rattle/clunk that comes and goes with potholes. It wasn't all that bad, just annoying, until this weekend - I went off roading on some rough dirt roads with lots of up-downs.
I replaced (with the help of a friend) the struts themselves just 3 years ago. We did not change the mounts. The struts are still working OK, so I am just going to change the passenger side mount.
Reading through the procedure to remove the struts, the haynes/chilton books say to remove the sway bar end link and the upper control arm from the spindle - are these really necessary? It was several years ago, but I don't remember having to do anything with the upper control arm.
If I do have to remove the upper control arm from the spindle, this wont effect my alignment, will it?
Is the mount part of the strut assembly? To change the mount, do I need to compress the strut assembly? (if so I will have a shop do it).
Also, are there any other wear items in the strut assembly I should replace while I am at it?
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