How To Align Strut Mount
When doing wheel alignment, there are two important things you must remember when aligning your vehicle’s struts. First, make sure that everything is parallel! If it is not, then either your brakes or shocks are out of adjustment. Second, be careful not to over-adjust! You do not want your car to feel better than before because you made it more comfortable, but still bad.
The first thing most people get wrong while adjusting their strut mounts is how to position them. They place one foot up on the mount and push down with their other leg, trying to tighten the bolt as much as possible. This can cause cracks in the suspension or broken bolts if too much pressure is applied.
Instead, use an even number of feet for each side so that half go up and half go down. Then, apply gentle pressure until the bolt tightens enough and the mount moves into its aligned position.
Use grease to help seal the surfaces
When working with aluminum or steel struts, there is an important step that needs to be done before applying any gel coat or clearcoat. You will need to use some kind of lubricant to ensure that the parts bond properly!
Most people suggest using white grease as the lube but you can also use black greese if you like. Either one will work well. Simply mix the appropriate amount in your hands and apply it onto all rubbing areas of the strut.
Use anti-seize to prevent movement
When working with strut mounts, it is important to use an appropriate adhesive for the job. You want your struts to stay in place so they can be reworked or replaced later!
Most people choose silicone as its durable and long lasting, but silicon glues do not work well when applying pressure. This is particularly true when attaching them to aluminum cars or boats.
A more common glue choice is urethane resin. These are typically available as spray paint or gel that you mix together and apply onto the area of the car being worked on.
After letting it dry, run some thin lines across the automobile to check if the struts have stuck properly. If they move easily, then the adhesive has dried and been applied correctly. Now try moving the part and see if it stays put!
Another option is epoxy resin. These are much stronger than urethane but may take longer to harden.
Use screws that are the correct size for your strut
When doing your car’s struts, make sure you use screws of the right length. You do not need very long screws, as this could cause damage to the vehicle!
Some people also recommend using longer bolts, but these have to be screwed into the other bracket or frame member first, which can cause alignment issues unless done with care.
It is important to make sure all parts fit properly before bolting them together. If they don’t, then either get new parts or cut off some of the excess part so it will sit better once bolted up.
Ensure there are no gaps between screws and strut
Even though this may seem like a simple process, it can be tricky to do correctly if you have not done it before. Gaps occur when one screw does not touch the struts or the surface of the car next to the strut.
This could cause damage to your vehicle as well as poor performance of the strut. For instance, if a gap exists at an angle, engine power will be hindered as the strut cannot work effectively.
Also, if fluid gets into the space due to water infiltration, corrosion may begin to take place which could lead to more serious issues later. If these happen, your car will need to be fixed more expensively! Make sure that your alignment is correct by checking your cars manual.
Use the correct mounting technique
When attaching your strut, make sure you use the right attachment method! There are two main types of mounts: drilled and pin-mounted.
A drilled mount uses a hole in the frame as support for the strut. This is the most common type of mount because it does not require any additional fasteners or attachments.
But before adding this mount to your vehicle, you will need to determine if your car has a universal joint at the top of the strut. These are sometimes called strut tops or caps. If so, then it is safe to add the drill mount.
Otherwise, you will have to install the strut using a pin-mounting technique. We will go into more detail about these next.
Choosing the appropriate strut height depends mostly on personal preference. The best way to find that balance is by experimenting with different heights and observing how the suspension behaves. You can also do some quick research online to see what people say about their ideal strut height for yours.
Use the correct mounting location
When installing any strut, there is an important component that gets overlooked. You must determine where the car will sit before you install the strut!
Most cars have designed areas or spots in which the vehicle can seat. These are called seating positions or seating templates. The most common ones are “tight” (for going fast), “normal” (balanced speed) and “wide” (for handling).
By knowing your car’s normal position, you can make sure your new strut is compatible with your car. For instance, if your car is wide, you would look for a strut that has wider holes. Or, if it is tight, you would want one that is close in size so it does not widen the stance of the car.
Seat back height also makes a difference. A tall engine bay may limit how high you can go when putting the strut into place.
Attach with glue
Once you have your strut mounted, it is time to attach it to your car or boat body! Most of the time, people use glue as their attachment method. Glue can be stuck onto either steel or aluminum cars or boats so this choice does not matter much.
To use glue as an attachment method, make sure that both pieces are completely dry before applying the glue. Make sure to let each piece sit and set for at least one minute to ensure a strong bond.
Once everything is ready, apply some small bits of glue to the back side of the bracket or struts, and stick it into place. Let each bolt dry for one hour and then do final checks to see if there are any gaps between the vehicle and the bumper. If there are none, great job!
If there are small gaps however, try buffing out the excess metal with rubbing alcohol or acetone.
Attach with screws
The second way to attach your strut is by drilling holes into the car body and then attaching it using fasteners, such as screws. This method is much more durable than gluing it onto the car!
When installing a strut tower bar, make sure you do not over tighten them. If you have to take off the screw, you have done that far enough! You want to give it some space so it can move easily without getting stuck in the hole.
General tips – When tightening down any bolt or piece, use the correct size tool to ensure proper torque and engagement. Make sure you don’t over-tighten anything because this could cause damage to the part being attached to or the main object being assembled.