[Vwdiesel] strut cartridge replacement

Pam & Doug Boes db53248 at alltel.net
Sun May 7 13:03:17 EDT 2006

When replacing strut cartridges is it necessary to put some oil into the
tube before putting the cartridge in? I've just replaced struts and bearings
and I have a "Klunk" when hitting certain kinds of road bumps and only on
the rider's side. The only thing I didn't do was put oil in the tube when I
was reassembling the strut. I dumped the crud that was in the rider's side
strut tube because the cartridge had disintegrated and I figured all the
fluid used to be inside the cartridge. On the driver's side, the worn out
cartridge was still in one piece, so I didn't turn the tube over to see if
there was fluid in it. The new cartridge on the rider's side feels tight in
the tube but the closure nut is not bottomed against the tube (It is about
1/8" from touching). Is this OK?

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