Strut bearing replacement
Just bought a spring compressor to do this job. only special tool necessary here and pretty much the same method on all vehicles. The diagnosis of bad strut bearings can be done trough several symptoms observation : -while getting out of a curve difficulty for the steering to come back centered alone -difficulties to turn the steering wheel while parked -once all front end lifted, difficulty to turn manually the wheels both directions -noises from the hood sides compartment while cruising or running on a bump
Strut and Shock Testing
This video shows how to inspect a strut to see if it needs replacing or not. This same test applies to the inspecting of shock absorbers as well. Visit us at: http://www.lowrangeoffroad.com
old strut vs. new strut
I changed the struts on my 2000 Maxima because one of them had completely failed. This was the good one which still had oil in it; the bad one made horrible scratching noises and clanked around.
Shocks & Struts - AutoZone Car Care
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/Shock-Strut-Front/_/N-8oxxw In the first installment of the AutoZone Complete Car Care - Shocks and Struts Series, Bruce Bonebrake provides an overview of shocks and struts, the differences between them, and how to tell when your shocks or struts need to be replaced. Get everything you need to do the job right at http://www.autozone.com