Strut bearing failure? - Type 44

Grant Lenahan glenahan at
Mon Dec 25 13:41:18 EST 2006

See below,

On Dec 25, 2006, at 12:16 PM, Dave C wrote:

> What are the symptoms of a bad strut bearing?
Poor steering feel. Possibly some play in front end. Harsh over bumps. 
Alignment may deviate.  Higher turning effort.

> The symptom I'm experiencing is a grinding feel and sound.  It only 
> occurs
> during very low speed turning, as in parking the car, with the steering
> cocked fully to the left.  Does not occure when turning right.  No 
> other
> wierdness is evident yet.  The car in question is an 87 5ktq with 
> about 180k
> miles, and the original strut bearings.
> The part I'm talking about is part # 431412249D ... the ring shaped 
> thing
> that is accessible only upon complete removal and disassembly of the 
> front
> strut.  This is >not< the strut mount ... metal and rubber thing 
> secured by
> three bolts..
> Does this sound like a bad strut bearing?
Maybe, but I'd also at least consider:
1. CV joint on it sway out
2. Wheel bearing on its way out

> If it is the strut bearing, what am I risking by delaying replacement?
I never had a type 44, but from 90/4000 series- unless its literally 
falling apart - nothing.

> If not the strut bearing, what else might it be?

See above.

> Thanks,
> Dave C.
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