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Strut advice

Murploid1

Member
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Apr 6, 2017
Location
Houston, Texas
Hello,

Looking for some advice regarding front struts on a 1982 volvo 244.

Front driver side strut is making a clunking sound - no idea when they were last refreshed, likely requires doing.

I pulled off the plastic caps and the rubbers look ok. However the nut on the drivers side is not tight - passenger side is fine and doesn't clunk.

I tried to tighten that nut but it will not, just spins around. There is little resistance.

What am I overlooking here? Do i need to jack the wheel up before attempting to tighten or something?
 

Radtap

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Dec 16, 2020
Location
Sweat zone, Arizona
You need a special socket for tightening struts, it?s a large socket to grab the big nut and then another tool fits in the center to grab the strut itself, hold the center one with an open wrench and grab the other socket with another wrench and twist
 

hiperfauto

The Librarian
Joined
Nov 18, 2011
Location
So Cal
The tool needed to hold the strut varies with manufacturer. Stock struts have a double D shaped shaft and the nuts are 24mm.

http://hiperformanceautoservice.com/images/StrutNutTools1.jpg
StrutNutTools1.jpg
 

James M

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Location
Davis, CA


Like it or not spamming the trigger a dozen times for a few seconds will have the issue solved. Only reason I've even gotten out an air impact in years
 

Murploid1

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Joined
Apr 6, 2017
Location
Houston, Texas
I thought about the air impact wrench but I would like more control and there is the potential to create a larger problem.

Regarding the deep offset box wrench, not sure I need that in addition to what I purchased? Using that tool may work with vice grips or channel lock pliers..
 

dl242gt

The world of the smiling Dogo
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Jun 21, 2002
Location
S NJ, a suburb of Phila.
On a spinning strut shaft. I cover my slip joint pliers jaws with tape and hold the shaft by lifting up the dust boot and reaching through the spring. A vice grip works well, too. Then I use the impact gun to spin it loose easily. Of course only get it loose then put the spring compressor on there before completely removing the nut. We don't want to hurt yourself or anyone helping.

That works great for removal. For installation I use the Volvo tool.
 

hiperfauto

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Nov 18, 2011
Location
So Cal
Spinning the shaft with an impact gun can unscrew the working piston inside the strut.

Bilstein said:
Removing and installing shock absorbers/suspension parts with an impact driver (also pliers on the piston rod/shock absorber tube) can damage the shock absorbers and create noise later on. There is also a risk of the screw fitting of the working piston on the piston rod coming loose. On gas-pressure shock absorbers, the piston rod could then be ejected from the shock absorber (caution: hazard!). The use of pliers also damages the finely machined surface ? average surface roughness (Rz) = 0,2 ?m.
 

RickATL

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Jan 21, 2015
Location
Atlanta
not identical

Thanks. Apparently the tool is identical to Lisle "Universal Strut Nut Remover 63400" - which I have managed to order...




I went through so much trying to deal with this the past few years I thought I'd chime in here. I bought so many different "universal" tools and none including the lisle worked. I bought the Volvo special tools in the end, I must say that it was the best money I ever spent. I have several 240's so it made the investment worth it, but man oh man, I am so glad to have the special tools. If you can work out a loaner or something it is really worth it.
 

dl242gt

The world of the smiling Dogo
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Jun 21, 2002
Location
S NJ, a suburb of Phila.
9995036 and 9995037 list as still available from Volvo. You can also try Baum Tools and ZDMak tools. They used to get Volvo special tools. The price really isn't much more than I paid 20 years ago.
 

hiperfauto

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Nov 18, 2011
Location
So Cal
I checked with the dealer and they said 9995036 is available to order and 9995037 is on backorder.

The Volvo special tools website doesn't list 9995036. The one that's available may be the last one.

That said, I have a set that I'd rent out.
 

Murploid1

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Apr 6, 2017
Location
Houston, Texas
Update is that the tools I bought from Amazon did the job.

Actually, the lisle kit I also bought would also have worked just fine.

Thanks for everyone's input
 
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