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2009 Taurus strut mount noise #4796474
06/24/18 04:38 PM
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I have a 2009 Ford Taurus Limited FWD with 108,000 miles. This weekend I replaced the struts, springs and mounts with Monroe quickstruts.

Rockauto parts

The reason for the replacement was the old mounts made a clunking noise over bumps and potholes.

One of the new mounts seems to be stiff. That is, the spring makes a "boing" noise when I turn the wheel. It's not terrible but it was a lot of work for something to be "almost" right.

Is it possible the new mount will break in and allow the spring to rotate freely after a few miles? Or will it only get worse?
My option is to live with it or remove it and return it to Rockauto, which means I will be down a car for several days and have to go through the removal/installation hassle again.

Does anyone have any advise? Yeah, I know "get something other than Monroe". But they seem to have a lot of satisfied customers from the reviews.

Terry


1996 Ford F150
2011 Toyota Avalon
2012 Honda Accord
2009 Ford Taurus
Re: 2009 Taurus strut mount noise [Re: terry274] #4796495
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That's not okay and you need to fix it. Did you chuck the old parts already?

Re: 2009 Taurus strut mount noise [Re: terry274] #4796502
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terry274 Offline OP
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I still have the old parts. I am considering buying the mounts and keeping the old struts and springs if I have to redo it. The old struts still rode and handled great.
Terry

Last edited by terry274; 06/24/18 05:26 PM.

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Re: 2009 Taurus strut mount noise [Re: terry274] #4796553
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Well the springs usually settle after a couple weeks. But it's possible the mount is bad. I was chasing a noise for a while and didn't believe it could be the struts as I had changed them with Monroes about a year earlier. When I finally changed them a couple years later, the noise went away, I guess the mounts had worn out really quickly. There's no perfect strut though, some people like KYB, others hate them, same even with Moog. Sometimes it the luck of the draw whether you get a good set or not.

Re: 2009 Taurus strut mount noise [Re: terry274] #4796556
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I would see how much oem mounts are, and swap mounts in the new quick struts. Also look and make sure the lower part of the spring is seated in the correct spot.

edit;
https://www.amazon.com/Motorcraft-AD1066...TORCRAFT+AD1066

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Re: 2009 Taurus strut mount noise [Re: terry274] #4796568
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checkout sensen shocks and struts

sensen

replaced my 98 F150 shocks with sensen truck handled mint and road wonderful.


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Re: 2009 Taurus strut mount noise [Re: terry274] #4796646
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I just installed the powerflex strut mounts that Trav reccommends and they are magnificent.


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Re: 2009 Taurus strut mount noise [Re: terry274] #4796713
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Total guess is you have something binding in the top mount. Back off on the bolts to the body and maybe a turn or 2 on the strut's top nut. Re-tighten after giving the mount a good shake to check stuff and to take out any bind from mis alignment. Back stuff off until you have only a full nut. Be careful to tighten the 3 (?) bolts evenly. don't forget top nut.


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Re: 2009 Taurus strut mount noise [Re: andyd] #4796739
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Originally Posted By: andyd
Total guess is you have something binding in the top mount. Back off on the bolts to the body and maybe a turn or 2 on the strut's top nut. Re-tighten after giving the mount a good shake to check stuff and to take out any bind from mis alignment. Back stuff off until you have only a full nut. Be careful to tighten the 3 (?) bolts evenly. don't forget top nut.


Agreed. Figure out why the assembly is binding. Remove the top mount and inspect. A lot of these quick struts use a different upper insulator and different spring seat design than the OE part.


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Re: 2009 Taurus strut mount noise [Re: terry274] #4797131
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An update. Thanks for the replies. I loosened the four bolts on the top of the strut mount and torqued them to the service manual specification.
No change.
The Monroe installation instructions say to torque the nut on the strut top rod after installation, however this is not possible on a 2009 Taurus with the unit installed.
I sent Monroe an email and am awaiting their reply.
Terry


1996 Ford F150
2011 Toyota Avalon
2012 Honda Accord
2009 Ford Taurus
Re: 2009 Taurus strut mount noise [Re: terry274] #4797234
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Originally Posted By: terry274
The Monroe installation instructions say to torque the nut on the strut top rod after installation, however this is not possible on a 2009 Taurus with the unit installed.


You need special tools to torque them on my car, you have to hold the piston somehow and then use a 90 degree adapter to torque them. I usually just blast them with my impact lol, I have never had a problem but would like to know if there is an issue with this and how the pros do it.

Just tell them you torqued it. I have a feeling they might give you a hard time about that.

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Re: 2009 Taurus strut mount noise [Re: terry274] #4797895
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I called Monroe this morning. Kevin at Monroe said the he believed the strut mounts had been assembled incorrectly at the factory and he is sending me new strut mounts.

So, now I get to remove the struts again and compress the springs. Not having to compress the springs was the reason for the quickstrut. If I had been willing to compress the springs at the start I would have went with the Motorcraft parts.

On a positive note, the car rides and drives great with the Monroe struts.

Terry


1996 Ford F150
2011 Toyota Avalon
2012 Honda Accord
2009 Ford Taurus
Re: 2009 Taurus strut mount noise [Re: terry274] #4797916
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Originally Posted By: terry274
I called Monroe this morning. Kevin at Monroe said the he believed the strut mounts had been assembled incorrectly at the factory and he is sending me new strut mounts.

So, now I get to remove the struts again and compress the springs. Not having to compress the springs was the reason for the quickstrut. If I had been willing to compress the springs at the start I would have went with the Motorcraft parts.

What? No way! You bought a Quick-Strut, so if one is defective you get a new... Quick-Strut. Tell them you have no tools to disassemble the product you bought. Plus, what is the guarantee you will assemble it correctly? That responsibility is on them, not you.


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Re: 2009 Taurus strut mount noise [Re: kschachn] #4797983
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Originally Posted By: kschachn
Originally Posted By: terry274
I called Monroe this morning. Kevin at Monroe said the he believed the strut mounts had been assembled incorrectly at the factory and he is sending me new strut mounts.

So, now I get to remove the struts again and compress the springs. Not having to compress the springs was the reason for the quickstrut. If I had been willing to compress the springs at the start I would have went with the Motorcraft parts.

What? No way! You bought a Quick-Strut, so if one is defective you get a new... Quick-Strut. Tell them you have no tools to disassemble the product you bought. Plus, what is the guarantee you will assemble it correctly? That responsibility is on them, not you.


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Re: 2009 Taurus strut mount noise [Re: terry274] #4798344
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Or go ahead and get some decent spring compressors and on any future strut jobs, you will same money and have a better assembly. I bought spring compressors 25 years ago, more than paid for themselves. Its not not hard or dangerous if you are mechanically inclined.


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