I was driving a very rough 250km logging road last weekend, with my rusty beater '99 Legacy and my back left strut literally exploded. The boot ripped apart, the part where it plunges in and out came apart, so it was lying at an angle almost touching my tire.
I managed to get it home and remove the blown strut. If anyone else is doing this, watch out, because there is nothing keeping the spring compressed once you undo the strut! I had to use a spring compressor to keep the spring from shooting out at max speed.
Old Strut: http://imgur.com/7tm3QX1
I live in Canada, so buying all the new parts would cost about $200.00, as opposed to $40.00 from Amazon. The shipping also takes forever here. I pulled a decent looking one from a junkyard for $30.00, fully assembled and tried to put it in yesterday.
I think there are two problems:
1. I think this junkyard strut I got might be frozen. If I compress the spring with a spring compressor, I can't get the strut itself to move at all. Should I be able to push down on it hard when the spring is compressed and get it to move?
2. If I put the strut in and do the top 3 bolts loosely, I can't get the bottom to line up sideways with the bottom bolts. It looks like this (sorry for the poor drawing)
^The bottom of the strut is too far to the left. If I try and squeeze it in there to line up with the bottom bolts first, I can't get the top bolts to go quite right into their spot. It's a bit too tight, and the angle seems off by a degree or two.
Do I need to remove something else? Am I right that the junkyard strut might be frozen? Was thinking of getting a different one tomorrow.
Any help would be amazing!
Oh yeah, I have drums in the back, if that matters.
Edited by cegli, 16 May 2014 - 02:24 PM.