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Replaced drivers side front strut #4807142
07/06/18 08:00 PM
07/06/18 08:00 PM
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Illinois
tig1 Offline OP
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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.

Last edited by tig1; 07/06/18 08:00 PM.

2007 Ford Fusion 235,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 60K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and Valvoline LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
MC filters

Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1] #4807143
07/06/18 08:02 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
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How did they fail? Clunking or just no absorption?


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 88k Motorcraft Synthetic Blend 5w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 231k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1] #4807155
07/06/18 08:09 PM
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How many miles on the other side's strut? smile

Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: Nick1994] #4807157
07/06/18 08:09 PM
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tig1 Offline OP
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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.


2007 Ford Fusion 235,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 60K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and Valvoline LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
MC filters

Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: slacktide_bitog] #4807159
07/06/18 08:10 PM
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tig1 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: slacktide_bitog
How many miles on the other side's strut? smile


The original. 228K.


2007 Ford Fusion 235,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 60K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and Valvoline LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
MC filters

Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1] #4807171
07/06/18 08:17 PM
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A million miles driven and haven't replaced a strut yet. Knock on wood.


17 Chrysler Pacifica Mobil 1 5W30
13 Yamaha XT250 Valv MC 10W40
10 Acura TSX 2.4 Maxlife Syn 5W30
06 GMC Sierra Nextgen 10W30


Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1] #4807202
07/06/18 08:51 PM
07/06/18 08:51 PM
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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.


ASE L1, Master. Deutsch Meisterbrief.
Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: Trav] #4807236
07/06/18 09:28 PM
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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.

Last edited by tig1; 07/06/18 09:29 PM.

2007 Ford Fusion 235,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 60K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and Valvoline LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
MC filters

Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1] #4807265
07/06/18 09:57 PM
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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

Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: bubbatime] #4807273
07/06/18 10:05 PM
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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.

Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1] #4807279
07/06/18 10:10 PM
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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.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 88k Motorcraft Synthetic Blend 5w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 231k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1] #4807302
07/06/18 11:24 PM
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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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Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1] #4807392
07/07/18 06:33 AM
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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.


2002 VW Golf TDI-Mobil 1 5/40 TDT
2007 Mercedes GL320 CDI Fuchs 5/40 GT Pro XTL
2005 BMW M3 BMW Twin Power 10/60
2003 BMW M5-Fuchs 5/40
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Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1] #4807422
07/07/18 07:23 AM
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Replace the other strut if you are keeping the vehicle.


2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: Replaced drivers side front strut [Re: tig1] #4807452
07/07/18 07:48 AM
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tig1 Offline OP
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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.


2007 Ford Fusion 235,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 60K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and Valvoline LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
MC filters

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