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Sir Loin of Beef
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i just changed my front struts. i put in sensa-tracs and reused the old mounts (they were still good, the old struts died from old age).
when i torqued the rod nuts to 36 ft/lb, it felt a little rubbery. i suspect this is normal as the mount has a rubber core, but can someone please confirm the rubbery feel?
 

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Sir Loin of Beef
99 Avalon XLS
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i figured it out myself (this is my first car with struts).
i had thought the rubber was cast into the strut mount. now i see that it is just pushed in. when the torque is high enough, it gives a little and creaks. i couldn't see how the bearing allowed the strut to rotate, as the rod is bolted into the rubber mount. now i see that the strut cylinder rotates around the fixed rod and the bearing allows the top of the spring to turn. :facepalm:
 
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