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#4807142 - 07/06/18 09:00 PM Replaced drivers side front strut
tig1 Offline


Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 13723
Loc: Illinois
I did the work myself and saved some bucks. Two years ago I was in Florida and this same strut failed(strut bearing). Since I was away from home decided to have Midas replace it with a generic strut. That strut lasted one month. Back home in Illinois Midas replaced it under warranty. Now two years later that one failed. I purchased a Monroe lifetime guarantied quick strut and did the work myself. At least I won't have to pay for another one on that side. The other side still performs well. Will see how well the Monroe performs.


Edited by tig1 (07/06/18 09:00 PM)
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#4807143 - 07/06/18 09:02 PM Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1]
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How did they fail? Clunking or just no absorption?
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#4807155 - 07/06/18 09:09 PM Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1]
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How many miles on the other side's strut? smile

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#4807157 - 07/06/18 09:09 PM Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: Nick1994]
tig1 Offline


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Originally Posted By: Nick1994
How did they fail? Clunking or just no absorption?


Clunking and strange noise when turning slowly, like in a parking lot.
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#4807159 - 07/06/18 09:10 PM Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: slacktide_bitog]
tig1 Offline


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Originally Posted By: slacktide_bitog
How many miles on the other side's strut? smile


The original. 228K.
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#4807171 - 07/06/18 09:17 PM Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1]
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A million miles driven and haven't replaced a strut yet. Knock on wood.
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#4807202 - 07/06/18 09:51 PM Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
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Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
One new and one with over 220K on the same axle is bad practice, it can negatively effect braking and handling especially in emergency situations when its needed most.
I would do the other side ASAP.

Without a strut/shock testing machine there is no way to know just how the dampers are functioning but at over 220K it is definitely not anywhere near the performance of a new unit.
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#4807236 - 07/06/18 10:28 PM Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: Trav]
tig1 Offline


Registered: 01/03/09
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Loc: Illinois
Originally Posted By: Trav
One new and one with over 220K on the same axle is bad practice, it can negatively effect braking and handling especially in emergency situations when its needed most.
I would do the other side ASAP.

Without a strut/shock testing machine there is no way to know just how the dampers are functioning but at over 220K it is definitely not anywhere near the performance of a new unit.


I tried the emergency brake test and tracked very well. Handling seems fine. Will keep an eye on any changes. Thanks for the tip.


Edited by tig1 (07/06/18 10:29 PM)
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#4807265 - 07/06/18 10:57 PM Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1]
slacktide_bitog Offline


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Originally Posted By: tig1
Originally Posted By: slacktide_bitog
How many miles on the other side's strut? smile


The original. 228K.


Yikes eek

The good news is that Ford now offers Motorcraft quick struts for your 2007 Fusion. The front right strut part number is ASTL24 thumbsup

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#4807273 - 07/06/18 11:05 PM Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: bubbatime]
Wolf359 Offline


Registered: 04/27/12
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Loc: MA
Originally Posted By: bubbatime
A million miles driven and haven't replaced a strut yet. Knock on wood.


You must have super smooth roads down there. Too many potholes up here, can't go more than 60-80k before they're shot. When I had lifetime warranties on Monroe's, I used to change them out at 60k just because I could and the ride would get better. It just slowly sneaks up on you when they go bad. You don't even really know they were bad til they were replaced.

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#4807279 - 07/06/18 11:10 PM Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
I too would have replaced the other strut, after all these years of being trouble free, I'd gift it a pair of matching struts.

But pretty amazing they've lasted this long. My Camry (also 228k miles) still has the original rear struts. They're pretty tired, but good enough for a beater. The fronts were replaced 100k miles ago. They're decent.
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#4807302 - 07/07/18 12:24 AM Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1]
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Registered: 11/20/06
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Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Originally Posted By: tig1
Originally Posted By: Trav
One new and one with over 220K on the same axle is bad practice, it can negatively effect braking and handling especially in emergency situations when its needed most.
I would do the other side ASAP.

Without a strut/shock testing machine there is no way to know just how the dampers are functioning but at over 220K it is definitely not anywhere near the performance of a new unit.


I tried the emergency brake test and tracked very well. Handling seems fine. Will keep an eye on any changes. Thanks for the tip.


No offense Tig but test like that are sketchy at best, I wouldn't have much faith in it.
For those interested in how proper testing is performed check this out at about 8:30. You don't need to understand what they are saying just look at the testing method and when they look at the computer after testing.

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#4807392 - 07/07/18 07:33 AM Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1]
Audios Offline


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I would've matched the fronts personally, the ride height may be off and under heavy braking the one side with compress more, causing pulling. You also may see more tire wear on the worn side. Hold onto all of the paperwork, we put monroes in my receptionists civic about 2 years ago and both have failed under warranty, with the drivers failing twice.
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#4807422 - 07/07/18 08:23 AM Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1]
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Replace the other strut if you are keeping the vehicle.
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#4807452 - 07/07/18 08:48 AM Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1]
tig1 Offline


Registered: 01/03/09
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Loc: Illinois
I may do that when it gets cooler. The other day when I changed it the temp was in the mid 90's and humid. At 73 the heat seems to get hotter for me than when I was younger, say 65. LOL.
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