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Old 02-11-2016, 12:32 PM   #1
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Front Strut

Hi: My left front Bilstein seized (again), so, while I was waiting for the new one on warranty, I replaced it with the original BMW Sport version. It was snowing like a MF, and it took me five days to do the job, with my $20 Chinese spring compressor, which is now about 20 years old. So, fearing for my head and brains, when the new one arrived, I took it to RMP to be installed. Rocco did the job in 26 minutes. And it was not too expensive. Better than finding my head in the next county if the compressor had let go.
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Old 09-01-2019, 09:40 AM   #2
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Front Strut

I kissed a curb pretty hard on the front right back in October 2018, and had a load of work done at a local collision specialist.

Completely bent the control arm in half, and had brake fluid leaking.

I thought it was going to be a total loss with a bent frame, but insurance ponied up and shelled out over 5000 in repairs.

Repairs were finished on October 17th, and she felt like new again.

Fast forward two months into late January, and Im seeing an oil spot being dropped by the front right area, shortly followed by a thumping noise.

Took it back to the collision shop and they diagnosed it with a leaky strut, and replaced it under warranty with an OEM strut

About a month later in mid-March..... same exact issue.

Another OEM strut replaced under warranty.

One full week later..... same exact issue.

I took it to a local Toyota dealer and they looked at it and diagnosed the same problem, blown strut, no other problems.

Collision shop is now going to order an aftermarket strut not sure which brand and going to be replacing it free of charge next Thursday.

After three blown struts I hope this will be the fix.

Has anyone ever experience anything like this before?

What else could be causing the problem that neither the collision shop or the dealer has noticed?

I do live in western Massachusetts where potholes have been bad this year, and the shops suggest I stop "slamming" the potholes....But Ive been diligent in dodging anything major. This cant be the problem...

Ill try to decipher the parts list from the estimate;

Front Suspension:

Repl - RT Lower cntrl arm


Repl - RT Lower cntrl arm bolt

Rpr - Susp Crossmember

Repl - RT Knuckle

Repl - Stabilizer bar

Repl - RT Stabilizer link

Repl - RT Strut

Repl - RT Stabilizer link nut

Repl - RT Spring seat

Repl - RT Seal

Repl - RT Strut mount

Repl - RT Hub assy

Steering Gear & Linkage:

Repl - RT Outer tie rod
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