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Old 04-17-2010, 07:13 PM   #21
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Default Re: Strut Replacement With Pictures on a 2000 SW2

After replacing both front strut assemblies with monroe quickstruts, I'm getting a creaking sound from the right side when I turn the steering wheel.
I'm hoping that after the springs settle, this noise will go away. I checked the location of the spring end (where it seats on the rubber) and it's not pushing one of the rubber bumps up to the metal.

Any suggestions for what to do if the problem doesn't fix itself?
Thanks

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Old 04-18-2010, 04:03 AM   #22
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After replacing both front strut assemblies with monroe quickstruts, ...
My Monroe SensaTrac (regular, not quick stut) makes the same noise on the right strut and it has not gone away and I installed the strutes over a year ago. I just ignore it. Also, in my case I used after market springs.

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Old 10-09-2016, 12:06 PM   #23
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Default Re: Strut Replacement With Pictures on a 2000 SW2

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After replacing both front strut assemblies with monroe quickstruts, I'm getting a creaking sound from the right side when I turn the steering wheel.
I'm hoping that after the springs settle, this noise will go away. I checked the location of the spring end (where it seats on the rubber) and it's not pushing one of the rubber bumps up to the metal.

Any suggestions for what to do if the problem doesn't fix itself?
Thanks
I know I'm replying to a very old thread, but the creaking sound is caused by over torquing the strut tower nuts. If they're too tight, it damages the mount bearings. On my '97 SW1, according to the FSM, the front and rear nuts are supposed to be torqued to 21 ft-lbs.

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I know I'm replying to a very old thread, but the creaking sound is caused by over torquing the strut tower nuts....
I still have the car and now the miles are 166K and on occasion the right tower will make the rubber noise but the left tower never has. I torqued all the nuts with the same torque wrench to 21 fl lbs. I just re-checked them a few minutes ago.

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