2002 Hyundai Sonata Re: Installation of front struts.

Tiny
JCLECHNER
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  • 2002 HYUNDAI SONATA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 87,000 MILES
I installed one of the strut bump stops upside-down. Do I really need to be concerned about this? I feel it doesn't matter much considering it is not a vital part of the functionality of the strut. It is still on the strut, just not right-side up!

What do you think. Forget it or fix it?
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Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 4:39 PM

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Tiny
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Hello -

Are you talking about item 16 in the pic?

If you are.......well, if it were me I would.......only because all these parts are made to fit against each other a certain way. This is to absorb a large amount of bumps and stress to that strut. If it is installed wrong, then the way the item was made may not be as effective and actually tear due to the way the stress is being applied.

Yes I know, it is a pain in the back side. Not too long ago I change the struts on my car 3 times. Yes, 3 times...........was it fun........NO............did it finally fix the problem.......yes, which is why now when I work on struts........it ALL gets replaced new. Now the funny thing on this one though, the brand new shock, excellent name brand, was defective.........but that is the way it goes.......

Up to you.......your ride.........my advice.........change it.........


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_Sonata_Strut_1.jpg

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Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 6:33 PM
Tiny
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Hello -

Hey also, it looks like you may have some recalls on your vehicle. The dealer may fix these for free. Please contact the dealer service department, give them the VIN number of your car and have them check on these to see if they apply to you.

02-01-008
06/01/2002
Campaign - SRS Side Air Bag Sensor Replacement

02-01-005
05/01/2002
Campaign - Side Air Bag Harness Rerouting

NHTSA04V369000
07/21/2004
Recall 04V369000: Rollover Valve Defect

04-01-005
06/01/2004
Recall - Fuel Tank Valve Replacement

NHTSA04V178000
04/01/2004
Recall 04V178000: Possible Fuel Tank Valve Leakage

03-01-006
06/01/2003
Recall - Incorrect Spare Tire/Inflation Label

NHTSA03V097000
03/01/2003
Recall 03V097000: Spare Tire Replacement

NHTSA02V145000
05/01/2002
Recall 02V145000: Side Impact Sensor Defect
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Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 6:44 PM

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