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 Post subject: Front Struts
PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:19 pm 
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Has anyone had front strut failures in lower mileage cars? I have a knock in the front end on smaller bumps and am pretty sure its the strut. Have 88K miles


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 Post subject: Re: Front Struts
PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:26 pm 
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What year you have? There was a TSB on strut failure on the 11's - came up with an updated washer to help I believe.

TSB Here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-nHwQ ... sp=sharing

And 88K is not low mileage for struts. They recommend replacement at 50K. No one ever does but they recommend.

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 Post subject: Re: Front Struts
PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:44 pm 
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While it can be the strut, a popping or banging noise, especially at slow speeds can also be traced to the upper strut mounts:

http://www.gmpartscenter.net/chevrolet/caprice/92272959/2012-year/ppv-trim/6-0l-v8-flex-engine/front-suspension-cat/struts-and-components-scat/?part_name=strut-mount&position=right

The rubber is pretty soft, and tends to compress with age, which can cause a little space between them and the body, which can lead to a noise when going over even the smallest of irregularity in the road.

Even if it's not these, make sure you have them ready when you replace the struts, because the bearing will come out in pieces, spraying bearing needles all over the place, when you remove the spring compressor.

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 Post subject: Re: Front Struts
PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:22 pm 
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Location: phx az
strut mounts on these cars are weak at best !! they go bad on the boat ride over , and have since 03 when they brought the 04 gto's over


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 Post subject: Re: Front Struts
PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:07 pm 
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Thanks for the info, yeah I guess 88 K is a fair amount plus my car was in service so pretty sure they were beat on. Wondering if its worth just changing the rubber mount first, They are like $25.00 or so. Prob just do the whole thing and get on with life!!


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 Post subject: Re: Front Struts
PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:13 pm 
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Location: phx az
get whiteline or superpro mounts , they are made from urethane and will hold up alot longer


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 Post subject: Re: Front Struts
PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:26 am 
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x2 on the poly mounts, they are easy enough to change but who wants to do all that again, plus the fact that they don't degrade or move around was enough reason to change mine on my 2011, had less than 20k on them and the rubber ones looked brown and dry.


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 Post subject: Re: Front Struts
PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:16 am 
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Is the Superpro part # SPK1590AK ? My car is a 2012


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 Post subject: Re: Front Struts
PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:26 am 
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yes

karo @ holden parts usa gets whiteline


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 Post subject: Re: Front Struts
PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:19 pm 
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whiteline bushings/poly mounts are all over ebay etc, just search for Pontiac g8 its the same part #


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