Front quick strut assembly

Tiny
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  • 2015 HYUNDAI ACCENT
  • 1.6L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 60,000 MILES
Please only answer this if you are 100 percent sure, else I will try a Hyundai Service Center to find out. It is a 2015 Hyundai Accent GLS. A mechanic just installed 2 front quick struts. The suspension does not seem to respond like it should. I am a mechanic myself so I took a look. The strut rod has 2 nuts on it when it is purchased. One on top of the bottom insulator, then the top insulator, then another nut. The top insulator has to come off before installing so the top nut comes off (to take off the top insulator. The strut is installed then the top insulator then the top nut. In all parts diagrams I have seen does not show this second nut. My question is the second nut just a temporary nut so the strut stays compressed when installing (then when the strut is put in car the top nut can come off) or should it stay on? It doesn’t make sense to me why that second nut would be there except a temporary ‘shipping nut’. It is a little tough to describe but if have dealt with one you would know exactly what I am talking about. The attached picture shows that second nut. Thanks.
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Monday, July 29th, 2019 AT 11:50 AM

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Tiny
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Good morning,

The quick strut is a plug and play unit requiring removal or addition of any nuts.

Can you post some pictures of what you see so I can view it as well? No pictures came up on your original post.

Roy
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Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 AT 3:23 AM
Tiny
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I did not see the original install so I did not see if the nut was on the replaced factory struts. This strut has a way of mounting at the top from what I am used to. The upper mount does not bolt to the frame. I did upload a picture I don't know why it did not go through. I will try again in a little while when I am in front of my laptop. Thanks Roy.
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Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 AT 3:36 AM
Tiny
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Okay, no picture again.

Anyway, I attached a couple of pictures. The strut has a single nut that holds it into the strut tower and the mount is part of the quick strut.

This is a simple replacement. What is the issue with the mountings?

Roy
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Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 AT 3:45 AM
Tiny
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On mine, in your picture there is a nut on top of the bottom insulator, on top of what you see in your strut picture. Then it is fed though the body. Then top insulator. Then another nut on the very top. The nut on the bottom insulator is what I question. My goes on a little different from your picture and I confirmed that the way I have it is correct. I picture is worth a thousand words and I will get some pictures up later. Thanks.
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Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 AT 4:26 AM
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You are welcome.

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Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 AT 4:32 AM
Tiny
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See attached pictures. One has the nut I question. A parts diagram where the nut is not shown. What it looks like assembled. A picture of struts. BTW I have no idea where that nut came from, when they made the quick strut? The mechanic who installed the struts put it there? I do not have contact with the mechanic to ask.
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Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 AT 6:03 AM
Tiny
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Everything looks right for the parts.

You have one nut that holds the spring together for the strut. The upper nut is for the mount to the strut tower itself. Once you push the strut through the strut tower, the upper mount goes on and the second nut holds it all together.

Roy
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Thursday, August 1st, 2019 AT 2:38 AM
Tiny
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Okay, thank you. I knew the nut was holding the spring for assembly. But I question if it comes off after installing. Like a tenp nut. The reason I still have questions is the suspension rides better with it off. You wouldn't think so being pne nut on top of insulator and one on bottom. But it feels like it should be with it off. BTW I torque the nuts. I am going to take it off again and do another test drive. It only takes 5 minutes with the strut installed. If is better I will just leave off for now. I not see this causing any issues. It is just holding it together in s different place. I appreciate you responding.
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Thursday, August 1st, 2019 AT 3:32 AM
Tiny
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No, never touch that nut ever. That stays there.

That nut must be there to hold the spring to be caged.

Roy
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Thursday, August 1st, 2019 AT 3:40 AM
Tiny
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I slso question that it is not three in Hyundai diagrams and strut procedures. Thanks for the advice.
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Thursday, August 1st, 2019 AT 3:51 AM
Tiny
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I am going to just leave on. Time to move on to bigger and better things LOL. Thanks to all that had helped me. Appreciate it!
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Thursday, August 1st, 2019 AT 4:12 AM
Tiny
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You are welcome.

Always glad to help.

Roy
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Thursday, August 1st, 2019 AT 4:24 AM

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