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    Default Front strut question

    My son has a 2007 Caliber and tire shop told him his front struts were bad. To save him some money I told him to get the strut assemblies and I would install them, as well as outer tie rod ends. I told him he would have to go and get an alignment after install, but I did carefully match thread count on new outer tie rod ends, so they're close to originals. New strut assemblies were complete with springs, and install went smooth. After completing and removing jack, the car sat extremely higher in the front than before. I mean probably 5 inches higher or more. I bought this car new before giving to my son a few years ago, and it was never this high in the front. I triple checked that everything was seated properly, and all looked as it should to me. This was a week or so ago, and now he called and told me the fairly new tires on front of car have extreme wear on outer edges. I realize alignment needs to be done, but he has only driven it a 100 miles or so. My question is this, are all the various year and model front strut assemblies the same part number, and is there something I may have missed or done wrong on what seemed to be a straight forward installation, that is making this car sit up so high in the front? I think it may be so extreme that the tires are not squarely on the ground. I realize alignment needs to be done, but I'm feeling that something else is not right with front end so high. I sure would appreciate any learned opinions anyone could offer.

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    5 inches higher would make me believe you got the wrong strut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Excaliber07 View Post
    5 inches higher would make me believe you got the wrong strut.
    Went to RockAuto site and verified part numbers, so I guess I have look further into this.

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    Default I know this post is a year old , but .......

    Quote Originally Posted by VeroWing View Post
    Went to RockAuto site and verified part numbers, so I guess I have look further into this.

    I know this thread was from last year but I bought a car and the nose is pointed towards the stars. Did you ever find the issue?

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    Quick update on my previous strut question. I bought the car with the front end sitting high. After a bunch of research I came to a conclusion. It looked as though the front strut assemblies had been replaced at some time (however they didnt look brand new). The bump stops on the strut shaft weren't the OEM style or the Monroe type. I found several versions of the the typical cheap Chinese complete struts online ( carried by Prime Choice here in Canada). They all have a white sticker just below the spring seat and the units on this car had that same white sticker just below the spring seats, OEM had no stickers and the Monroe units have a red sticker down lower on the strut. It felt to me that the front spring had too high of a spring rate. I ended up buying a pair of Complete Monroe quick struts, I think softer springs may have fixed it but I was pressed for time and really didn't have the time to take them out and swap springs. When I compared the new Monroe struts to the ones I took out It first looked as though they were exactly the same length. However I finally noticed that the two large bolt holes in the bottom bracket of the strut were approximately one inch lower in the bracket on the ones I pulled out. This means that the measurement from the top mount of the strut to the spindle is one inch longer which would in turn lift the front of the car an inch. Add to that a spring that is a little too heavy and that would account for it. The Monroe struts initially sat just a little lower than the ones that came out, within a week or two they have now settled down to a normal ride height. So my take is that the Cheap Chinese struts are similar to OEM specs and they will bolt in but it did cause the car to sit too high. It rode OK however I dont know if there would have been tire wear problems over time.

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