Do you need to replace strut mount when replacing strut?
A simple rule of thumb is that if the struts or coil springs are being replaced because of age or wear, then also replace the mounts. A worn or damaged mount can cause a variety of symptoms so they should be inspected by a qualified technician.
What does a bad strut mount sound like?
Noises coming from a failing strut mount have been described as clunking, knocking, creaking, and grinding. These are usually more obvious when hitting potholes or speed bumps, driving on rough ground, or driving at low speeds while turning the wheels all the way to the stops.
What happens when a strut mount fails?
Failure to replace a worn top mount will cause it to deteriorate very quickly, which will have a knock-on effect to other components, such as the shock absorbers and even the tyres, as these can start to wear unevenly and may cause the vehicle’s steering to pull to one side, an effect that if left too long, can then …
When replacing struts What else should be replaced?
Getting Your Shocks & Struts Replaced Shocks and struts should always be replaced in pairs (front axle or rear axle), and it’s even better to replace the shocks/struts on all four wheels at one time.
How does a McPherson strut work on a VW?
A McPherson strut is used on your VW, it replaces the upper suspension arm and carries the spring on a perch. Struts do not change the ride height unless the spring perch is different from stock (like the bilstein HD for VW).
How do struts affect the ride height on a VW?
Struts do not change the ride height unless the spring perch is different from stock (like the bilstein HD for VW). The springs carry the weight of the car and control ride height, the struts just dampen the motion.
Do you need a new rear strut mount?
New rear strut mounts are recommended. This will restore the bushing and some report a clunking when not replaced. If you have good regular front bump stops and are lowering the suspension, you can cut the old stops to get to the correct length. Unless you have high miles, you can reuse the old bump stops.
What kind of shocks do you use on a VW TDI?
Your VW TDI came stock with gas dampers. If you switched to liquid shocks, check for pooled or a noticeable amount of liquid around the shock piston which indicates bad shock seals. The OEM Boge/Sachs shocks are vilified because they’re soft but their construction quality is good.