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Torque strut mount/bracket replacement questions

 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:20 pm    Post subject:  Torque strut mount/bracket replacement questions Reply with quote

I just noticed that the bushings on both these parts are harder than rubber, more like a dense plastic and they seem to be warped so I purchased a new set of each. I will be replacing them this weekend and before doing so, had a few silly questions.

1) Are they a pain to remove without air tools? 2) Is there anything special I should be aware of while changing them such as 'use a small coat of grease prior to installing this' or 'don't do this before doing that'.

The only thing I'm aware of is to do them one at a time or risk having the engine misaligned.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:11 pm    Post subject:  torque strut mount . . . Reply with quote

I'm guessing you mean the dog bones. Real easy to do, even with hand tools. Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:28 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yes, I was referring to the dog bones. I figured it was a simple task but thought I would ask.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:27 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

make sure you do one at a time or use something to keep the engine in place.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:41 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I installed them on Saturday successfully without much trouble. Despite taking them off one at a time, I still needed a second person to hold the engine forward while I connected the bolts. It's a good thing I changed them as the bushings were completely cracked inside the brackets.

Even though the vehicle handles bumps and dips better, I still hear random popping sounds during driving or when I put the transmission in gear but it's probably either worn suspension or something else.
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