Do not use an air or electric impact wrench to tighten the upper mounting nut on the piston rod. This can make the torque higher than recommended and cause damage. Correct tightening is accomplished by holding the piston rod with a wrench or special tool (not vice grips or pliers) at the machined shoulder & using a torque wrench set to the vehicle manufacturer’s specification.
More Technical Tips
- The left or right strut installs OK, but the other side won’t line up correctly.
- Does any fluid need to be put into the strut housing when replacing a cartridge-style strut?
- The new shock or strut appears shorter than the unit removed from the vehicle.
- Not enough stud threads visible to install or tighten the upper mounting nut.
- The shock stud appears too short or noises occur after installation.