Replaced the front strut mounts on my MK2 yesterday because they were clunking while turning at a stop or low speed. Discovered they were installed incorrectly the first time. The hole for the strut in the upper spring perch was wallowed out from the strut moving around so I added a large washer at the top of the strut and greased it nicely just in case. Then I added the strut mount/bearing assembly and tightened it all down with the slotted nut. Put everything back in the car thinking all was fixed, only to discover it still clunks.
I read some archived posts about things being loose but I tightened it all pretty well. Also, if something is loose then why would I hear the spring trying to turn in the strut assembly and clunking? Isn't the bearing there to let things turn freely?
Is there supposed to be a spacer of some sort on the strut shaft? I looked at the Bentley diagram and it says nothing about a spacer.
What non-replaceable parts should be at the top of the strut?
Thanks for your help!
Modified by fstgrmn at 12:12 PM 3-24-2010