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Old 07-12-2016, 04:19 AM   #1
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Lubing strut bearings? Brand new assemblies making a racket

Hey all, not often posting in the 9-3SS/SC section, but a couple weeks ago I put all new front strut/coil spring assemblies in my lady's 06 9-3 SC after we found she had broken coils on both sides. I used all new parts, sachs struts, OEM springs, moog mounts and strut bearings... Her passenger side is creaking like a bastard and the spring is clunking around in the mount, not rotating freely as it should. Was there some kind of lube I was supposed to use when assembling or what? Driver's side seems fine, passenger side is awful. No affects when on the open road, but it's awful in the driveway/parking lots. I'd hate to be damaging the brand new coil spring we just put in. I was going to at least try and spray it from below with some silicone spray to quiet things down and hopefully get the spring spinning. Any advice would be appreciate.

I'm about to do new mounts and strut bearings in my 9-5 and don't want to repeat any of the same mistakes if that was the case.
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Old 07-21-2016, 06:11 PM   #2
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I've heard lots of stories of Moog no longer being "high end" for aftermarket suspensions parts... turns out the bolts that came with the strut mount and bearing kit were too long, and when installed interfered with the coil spring and didn't allow it to rotate properly. WTF?! Anyhow, fixed now and car is nice, quiet, and smooth.

Also get a new/rebuilt caliper lately (obviously not Moog) that came with the wrong sized copper o-rings for the banjo bolt. Not the end of the world, but just meant an extra trip back to the parts store.

Are all parts shit now or what?
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