1999 Dodge Avenger

Tiny
SMORGAN
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  • 1999 DODGE AVENGER
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 64,000 MILES
When I go to turn my car, either way, it makes this loud cranking/ rubbing noise? Anything on what it could be? My dad is a mechanic and he says its the strut bushing boot?
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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 AT 5:43 PM

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Tiny
CARADIODOC
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Upper strut mounts. That's the bearings that hold the weight of the car but let you turn the steering wheel.
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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 AT 4:26 PM
Tiny
SMORGAN
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Okay, so I would be better if I just changed struts then right?
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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 AT 7:53 PM
Tiny
CARADIODOC
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Struts should not be bad yet at 64,000 miles; but then again, neither should your strut mounts. Have someone turn the steering wheel from full left to full right, (engine idling), while you hold your fingers around one of the front coil springs near the top. If the mount is binding, you'll feel a little tension build up, then it will pop and turn. The entire spring should turn very smoothly as the steering wheel is turned.

Very often binding mounts don't show up during a basic steering and suspension inspection. They might show up after the struts have been removed for replacement, then the mechanic has to find you and tell you, "as long as you have your wallet out, I found something else". They hate having to do that but it's better than putting in new struts with bad mounts.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 AT 2:49 AM
Tiny
SMORGAN
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K, well my dad is a mechanic and he says that its just the strut boots, and when water gets up in there and drys out then the boot starts doing that.
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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 AT 8:32 AM
Tiny
CARADIODOC
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The boots are just flexible rubber covers that go over the top of the struts to keep water and dirt off of them. Dry is a normal condition. They turn with the strut shaft and do not cause noise or binding. Some boots are attached to the upper mount, some are attached to plastic or hard rubber "cushions" that slide up and down on the strut shaft.

The boots do not protect the bearings in the upper mounts. Those bearings are what binds and makes the noise you're describing.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 AT 12:41 PM
Tiny
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Okay, then what should I replace?
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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 AT 3:14 PM
Tiny
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If you have your wallet open. Change your struts. But if not try to change the bearings that the source of the noise you are hearing.
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 AT 7:42 PM

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