To make a long story short, I bought a 98 v6 camaro cheap because it needed a fender, nose and a headlight. I noticed a horrible noise when I hit bumps in the road with it. I pulled the tire off on the drivers side and find this. Anyone had this happen? and how do I fix it?
__________________ 1993 Z28, A4, flowmasters, ac delete, chip, 373's,
2000 Z/28, M6, slp flo pac, BBK LT's, 373 gears, flowmaster cat back, predator tuner, ZOOM clutch, more to come
When they installed the shock/spring/strut mount assembly they left out the strut bearing insulator plate which spreads the load out in the mount and the shock pulled right through the mount. If you pick up a new strut mount and strut bearing insulator plate you should be able to fix that pretty easily.Here is a picture of the piece that was left out and where it goes on the mount.
The insulator is only like 5 bucks from rock auto.
Get the moog mounts and moog plate. Any brand plate will work, really, but the moog is the least expensive. No other brand but Moog and OEM mounts seem to fit properly, so don't bother with the others.
Moog K6573 is the plate, Moog K6516 is the driver side mount, and Moog K6517 is the passenger side mount.
I would take apart the other side to be sure it isn't missing the plate also.
We have been seeing this happen more regularly which kind of suprises me. The insulator plate is very important to spreading out the load on the strut mount and it has to be installed or else this issue will happen.
My new MOOG shock mounts and insulator (aka isolator) plates from RockAuto came yesterday, and you're right... they come with new bolts AND nuts. Two of each, so now I have 8 bolts (stamped as 8.8 grade). I'm pretty certain they're intended for bolting the entire shock/strut assembly onto the frame.
Wow I've never seen this kind of failure, thats awesome. I'm kind of surprised that the spring decided to stay put after that. Make sure you check the other side for that retainer plate, they probably did both wrong.