My question is in regards to changing the front struts on my 2002 Cavalier. I have changed struts before and never seen something so poorly designed. I am talking about tightening the top main nut on the strut. There is this metal round plate located here. So there is a 10 mm small bolt end to hold while tightening the nut-22 mm-onto the top of the strut. However the round plate prevents using a wrench as it cannot fit into the round opening in the plate and you would have to have 2 sockets-10 mm and 22 mm the 10 mm Inside the 22 mm and a way to hold both of them to tighen the nut. There is no way to hold the strut from spinning when trying to tighten the nut as the shaft of the strut is smooth with no notches or way to hold the shaft of the strut securely to tighten the nut. I have now changed both struts and have no way to tighten the top nut on the struts. I am assuing Chevy did not think of this and now I need a special tool just to tighten the top nut? How can I do this or is there a way to tighten it that I am not aware of without a special tool for the 2002 cavalier? Now I have new struts that are loose.
Thank you for your previous prompt replies on my inquiries.
Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 AT 2:35 AM