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Mechanics: Struts and Alignments


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After spending my labor day weekend putting new struts on my car I'm wondering if it's automatic that I need an alignment. I only did the rear struts and left the fronts. Do I need one?

 

Also, I've realized the working on cars would be so much easier if you were left handed. (That is unless you're a lefty, then it's easier if you were right handed.)

 

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I've done shocks before but never struts. How hard was it? Did you need special tools?

 

If I were you I would take it in and have it checked. If you need some adjustment it will save you a set of tires down the road, punn intended. ;)

 

 

I took my wifes' car into the shop and she needs new struts AND she has a broken coil spring in the front. When finished I know it will need an alignment.

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I've done shocks before but never struts. How hard was it? Did you need special tools?


If I were you I would take it in and have it checked. If you need some adjustment it will save you a set of tires down the road, punn intended.
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I took my wifes' car into the shop and she needs new struts AND she has a broken coil spring in the front. When finished I know it will need an alignment.

 

The only special tool is a spring compressor. On most cars it's a simple job.

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MacPherson struts, unlike a standard shock absorber, are an integral part of the suspension and an alignment is sometimes required with replacement. Best to check manufacturers recommendation.

 

Sometimes. It's optional. ANd, I personally wouldn't.

 

The only time I ever brought my car in for alignment was after I lowered the car 1 inch. That'll {censored} up your camber badly, and can mess with toe a little. Since then, I"ve gone through two sets of shocks/struts. Haven't had to realign at all.

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It wasn't that bad of a job but the underside of the car was rusty as hell and there were a lot of bolts that were stubborn as hell. The struts I put in are similar to shock absorbers and they don't have the normal big ass spring associated with struts. My front end has the standard springs but the rear didn't. The only pain in the ass were these little figure 8 rubber "auxiliary springs" which I had to make a tool to compress them.

 

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It wasn't that bad of a job but the underside of the car was rusty as hell and there were a lot of bolts that were stubborn as hell. The struts I put in are similar to shock absorbers and they don't have the normal big ass spring associated with struts. My front end has the standard springs but the rear didn't. The only pain in the ass were these little figure 8 rubber "auxiliary springs" which I had to make a tool to compress them.


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That sounds like a tougher than usual job. Congrats!!!:thu:

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That sounds like a tougher than usual job. Congrats!!!
:thu:

 

Pretty much ruined my weekend and I lost sleep over it. There were times where I was ready to throw in the towel, but that's what beer is for.

 

Have you ever seen that Simpsons where they have prohibition and Homer says, "To beer: The cause of and solution to all of life's problems." Well I think I overloaded my car on my trip to PA with 8 cases of Yuenglins and a SWR 4x12 speaker cab....then I hit a huge pothole on the highway close to home. D'oh!

 

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Woooooooooooooooooow. I didn't know there were so many different kinds.

 

There are a few more that I didn't get but they both had "Light" in the name. Screw that!

 

The premium tastes like Budweiser, which I was a little disappointed with. I'm happy with the ale, black and tan, and the porter, but I haven't tried the lager yet.

 

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There are a few more that I didn't get but they both had "Light" in the name. Screw that!


The premium tastes like Budweiser, which I was a little disappointed with. I'm happy with the ale, black and tan, and the porter, but I haven't tried the lager yet.


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I think the Lager tastes like bud as well...

 

BTW: Where the {censored} did you fit all of that beer??? The cab was smashed in there as is! Good job on making it work!!!

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I think the Lager tastes like bud as well...


BTW: Where the {censored} did you fit all of that beer??? The cab was smashed in there as is! Good job on making it work!!!

 

I played a lot of Tetris as a kid. The tent and other {censored} were crammed behind the seat and in front of the cab. And the girl I left really freed up a lot of space for beer. :love:

 

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