Asked by: Bethann Arnabar
automotive auto repair

Should top strut mount move?

Last Updated: 14th April, 2021

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A slight downward movement is normal, but any side-to-side movement could indicate a defective mount. With the wheels off the ground, grip the coil spring as close to the upper strut mount as possible. If there is excessive movement, the upper strut mount should be replaced.

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Herein, what does a strut top mount do?

The strut mount serves as a fixing point for the top of the vehicles strut assembly to the chassis and insulates noise and vibration from the tyres and vehicle.

what sound does a bad strut make? When compressed, the knocking sound that is often heard is caused by the strut "bottoming out" or metal-to-metal contact. If you notice a knocking or clunking sound coming from an area near the front or rear tires, it's most likely due to worn out or broken struts.

Herein, are struts supposed to rotate?

Yes, they should rotate. That's why there has to be a bearing in there. Common to all strut cars.

What sound does a bad strut mount make?

A loud bang when driving over a pothole or a moderate bang when driving over bumps on the road may indicate a defective strut mount bearing. The steering is heavier, works sometimes even jerky; it has more play than usual or reacts with a delay on steering movements.

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What happens if a strut mount breaks?

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How much do strut mounts cost?

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How long do strut mounts last?

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Do bad shocks make clunking noise?

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Can struts make clunking noise?

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Do you need an alignment after replacing rear struts?

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What does a strut mount look like?

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Why do my new struts make noise?

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Do quick struts come with strut mounts?

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Will new struts improve my ride?

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