Hi Everyone... This is my first post...hey, I'm using pics too! I want to introduce you to my 2002 Sable, 140K miles, 3.0 Vulcan. Mostly original...heck, it has the original drive belt too. I drive this daily 105 miles round trip...averages 30.4 mpg. Engine runs flawless...transmission chirps shifting into 2nd...but I feather the accelerator during that shift.
I want to share my recent front strut replacement. I broke the drivers' front spring...interestingly my ride height was not affected at all. It made an awful vibration noise which, I thought at first, was a bad wheel bearing.
When I pulled the front wheel this is what I saw! Shouldn't be hard to spot!
I shopped around and found the Monroe Quick Strut on sale for $89 each. I watched a lot of Youtube videos and followed the advice of many-a-TCCA members while lurking this site. I must say my strut job was super-duper easy as compared to some of the horror stories I have heard. EVERY nut and bolt came off without incident. This includes the end-link, cinch bolt...TBH I pushed the cinch bolt out with my finger...Came right out! I did have to run-out the 18mm sub frame bolts for extra clearance to install the new struts. They were about 1.5 inches longer. But, again, lowering the sub frame is no big deal. Do not be scared away by this if you are on the fence of doing this job DIY.
Here are the old and new side by side. The Quick Strut was pretty neat. I hope they last longer than the 1 year warranty. The Lifetime Struts were $100 more... For that difference, I will roll the dice and go with the cheaper ones.
I don't mean to brag but I had this entire job completed in less than 2 hours. I took the day off work because I budgeted for an entire day to complete. I was done well before noon and COULD have gone into work...but...true to my work ethic...I stayed at home and lay on the couch basking in my job well done! This car has spent its life in the garage so that could have helped with the good condition of the bolts etc. This was my wife's car for 11 years and not until last year have I taken it over as my work car. Fear not, I bought the Wife a 40k mile 2007 Taurus!
Here is the completed job. Not bad.
I will be replacing the front brakes this weekend...and replacing a sway-bar end link. It has been clunking while hitting small bumps. I will let you know how it goes.
I want to thank all of you for this site and, while you may not know it, you probably played a roll in me getting my Mercury back on the road. I love this car...it has to be the most comfortable ride I have ever had...including my 1978 Tbird.