upper strut bushing- 2 strut washers?

Brett Dikeman brett at cloud9.net
Thu Jul 8 20:50:44 EDT 2004

Question- reading through the archives on the upper strut bushing 
assembly, I found a post on the s-car list which states that there 
are two large washers/disks that spread load across the bushing:

(don't bother with the link in that post, it doesn't work).

I have both top disks/washers, but with the driver's side bushing 
off, there's clearly no bottom disk.

The post goes on to further say that lack of this washer causes 
premature failure of the bushing.  Surprise surprise, both mine are 
toasted, with dents in the hood liner to prove it.

Is the 200q20v the same, or is this s-car specific?

Huw poked around in ETKA for me and came up with this for the 3B:

445 412 339 "retainer" underneath
443 412 145 on top

Apparently the bottom one is different depending upon sedan/wagon and 
10vt/20vt (so if anyone can confirm that first part number, I'd 
appreciate it).

If I am missing the bottom retainer and ETKA is correct, I need to 
have some words with the shop that installed the H&Rs/Bilsteins...and 
try to source two of the buggers ASAP, as the car's needed on 

Is there minimal short term risk to the new bushings if I reassemble 
without the lower retainer?  I need to do about 200 miles round trip, 
maybe a little more, with a 2-3 passengers.  At $100+ they are not 
something I want to damage again.

"They that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin

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