1994 Buick Century strut?

Tiny
FUGLYDUCKY09
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  • 1994 BUICK CENTURY
  • 6 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
We recently put new shocks and struts on our buick and we went to get the wheels aligned and they told us that the struts needed a rubber mount at the bottom of the coil spring and that there should have been one on the old struts. But there wasnt. We used gas matic struts by monroe and there wasnt a rubber mount with them either. They told us they couldnt align our wheels without it and sent us home. So my question is should they have a rubber mount? And if yes where can we get them?
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Sunday, March 6th, 2011 AT 2:29 AM

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Tiny
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Try a different place.
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Sunday, March 6th, 2011 AT 2:50 AM
Tiny
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Take it somewhere else for the alignment. They're correct that there should be a rubber insulator but it isn't serious if they're missing. There is a metal frame inside the rubber that rusts and crumbles away. There is not a real good way to tell until the springs are removed from the old struts. At that point the service adviser has to hunt you down and give you an updated estimate. First of all, most shops don't have those spacers in stock and don't want to put it back together until the parts come in a few days later. That means you would have to make a second trip back to the repair shop and the old struts would have been reassembled in need of an alignment. It's easier and faster to just install the new struts without those spacers.

Second, they often feel that you'll think as long as you keep agreeing to more parts, they'll keep coming back with more things they find later. They want very much to give you one estimate they can stick to.

Missing those spacers will cause the front of the car to sit about 1/2" lower than specified. Given the age, it will be sitting lower than normal anyhow due to the age of the springs. The car can still be aligned. Correct ride height is important for good tire wear even when the alignment is correct, but 1/2" on a front-wheel-drive car won't be noticeable.
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Sunday, March 6th, 2011 AT 2:51 AM
Tiny
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I didn't mention that when I have done my own and the rubber was rotten/gone I used a piece of rubber heater hose slipped over first coil on spring to replace/simulate it.
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Sunday, March 6th, 2011 AT 3:57 AM
Tiny
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Dandy idea. Wish I had thought of that. I assume it holds up to the weight of the car on the springs.
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Sunday, March 6th, 2011 AT 4:44 AM
Tiny
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Hhmmm.I guess i'll have a look see tomorrow.
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Sunday, March 6th, 2011 AT 6:52 AM
Tiny
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Thanks guys we'll take it somewhere else :) My fiance was thinking that they were just trying to get more money out of us and I guess he was kinda right.
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Sunday, March 6th, 2011 AT 11:08 AM

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