steering bearing fitting

Discussion in 'Workshop Forum' started by ghostdancing, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. ghostdancing

    ghostdancing True Classic

    Location:
    italy
    i have to mount these on my 128 coupe: is it a simple job? never was in a car strut working: can you lead me step by step? steering bearing.JPG
     
  2. Dan Sarandrea (Phila)

    Dan Sarandrea (Phila) Waitin' On Parts...

    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    This is a pretty straightforward task on an X, so probably not that big of a deal on a 128. BUT, to do the job safely you WILL NEED a spring compressor suitable for MacPherson struts. And IMHO, to do the job with minimal agita, it would be best to have an air or electric impact gun to loosen and tighten the strut operating rod nut because it's almost impossible to keep the rod from turning if using a hand powered wrench or socket set.
     
  3. ghostdancing

    ghostdancing True Classic

    Location:
    italy
    thank you Dan.. well i have got an air impact gun..can i remove the whole uncompressed strut and have the spring removed at the mechanic shop?
     
  4. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

    Location:
    Sin City
    Just don't remove the large nut at the top without the spring being fully compressed (off the seat) first. Otherwise yes, you can remove the entire assembled strut as a unit and take it to a shop. However spring compressors can be purchased inexpensively (here at least), so you would be able to do future jobs like this for about the same cost as having a shop do it once.
     
  5. Jefco

    Jefco Daily Driver

    Location:
    Portland OR

    Disassembly is easy, it's the reassembly you need a compressor for (unless you're changing to sport springs).
    I put my foot on mine to hold it down.
     
  6. I've used pipe clamps with safety wire in a pinch. Years ago, I bought a Harbor Freight spring compressor for well under $20. Works just fine.
     
  7. Datsun Guy

    Datsun Guy Low Mileage

    Location:
    New Jersey
  8. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

    Location:
    Sin City
    I don't think there are Autozone's in Italy (where the original poster lives).

    Regarding the "let it fly" method of disassembly (as demonstrated in the video). Not only is it unsafe, it could damage the threads on the shaft...even if you put your foot on it.
     
  9. Andy

    Andy True Classic

    Location:
    Medford, Oregon
    That video seems to put some rather delicate anatomy in a precarious position.

    I don't think I could place myself in that position with a loaded spring aiming there!
     
  10. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

    Location:
    Sin City
    In other words, it could damage the threads on the strut's shaft, and your shaft at the same time.
     
  11. Dan Sarandrea (Phila)

    Dan Sarandrea (Phila) Waitin' On Parts...

    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    If I were going to do this task without a spring compressor, I think I would rather do it with the strut still mounted to the car, and control spring compression with a floor jack positioned under a suitable spot on the suspension.
     
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  12. ghostdancing

    ghostdancing True Classic

    Location:
    italy
    actually i do have an home made spring compressor, i made it some years ago for disassembling motorbikes shocks (it's based on a car lifter jack and a couple of threaded bars..probably is too small for the car's shocks..anyway a saw cheap basic spring compressors are available.
     
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  13. Jefco

    Jefco Daily Driver

    Location:
    Portland OR
    I couldn't find the video I originally saw for this to post here, where the operator did stand to the side (foot on coil) and reach to the end to operate the impact wrench. The strut assembly in this video seems large, probably for a van or some such, and springs apart with much more energy than my X struts did.

    I installed new struts with Vick's sport springs and didn't need to use my spring compressor or worry about buggering the threads on the shaft, though the assembly popped apart so quickly they were unaffected.
     
  14. Andy

    Andy True Classic

    Location:
    Medford, Oregon
    If you are going to disassemble a strut with out a compressor, at least tie a stout rope around the coils to control the energy release.
    I've done this many times on 124 front coils, or you can use 1/8" steel cable and clamps to hold the springs compressed if re-assembly is in the plan.
     
  15. Datsun Guy

    Datsun Guy Low Mileage

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Missed that detail. The airfare and baggage fees would defiantly make that impractical.
     
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  16. Rod Midkiff

    Rod Midkiff True Classic

    Location:
    Eugene, OR
    the few times I have done this. I removed the nut before doing anything else, letting the car weight compress the spring. I was also mindful that the nut was not holding any pressure before it ran out of threads. So far it has worked well with no stress on anything
     

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