Rear Strut Torque Question
Over a year ago, a local shop told me I needed the rear struts replaced to pass inspection. It sounds like they replaced only the struts, not the springs or any of the hardware. Before I took it in, the car was making a "clunk" noise when going over bumps in the back. I'd gotten used to it, however, after the strut replacement, I expected this to be fixed. It wasn't.
I'd read on this forum that clunking can result if the large bolt on top of the strut (the one visible inside the car) is not tightened properly. The Hayne's manual lists this as 188ft-lb, which is a lot. Guess what--when checking it today, I had to twist to get either of them to 50.
Now I have a few questions on this:
1. When attempting to get one to about 100, the bolt began and the rubber thing that is also visible around the bolt began to turn. Did I make a mistake in attempting to tighten this from within the car? Is there something that needs to be held with a wrench underneath this bolt in order to get the desired torque?
2. The Hayne's manual also lists the three nuts surrounding this large bolt ("strut to body nuts") as 83ft-lbs. This seems really excessive for the size of the bolts. Can anyone confirm this? I didn't want to strip one so I didn't tighten it this much.
3. This is over a year later, so I don't know that I can expect anything from the shop. However, what are my options? I don't possess the know-how or tools to do a tear down of the rear suspension, and don't want to pay for another alignment.
Thanks very much guys!
1994 Camry LE 5SFE