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Old 09-10-2022, 12:29 PM   #1
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Looking for some advice regarding front struts on a 1982 volvo 244.

Front driver side strut is making a clunking sound - no idea when they were last refreshed, likely requires doing.

I pulled off the plastic caps and the rubbers look ok. However the nut on the drivers side is not tight - passenger side is fine and doesn't clunk.

I tried to tighten that nut but it will not, just spins around. There is little resistance.

What am I overlooking here? Do i need to jack the wheel up before attempting to tighten or something?
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Old 09-10-2022, 12:38 PM   #2
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You need a special socket for tightening struts, it’s a large socket to grab the big nut and then another tool fits in the center to grab the strut itself, hold the center one with an open wrench and grab the other socket with another wrench and twist
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Old 09-10-2022, 01:11 PM   #3
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Any tool recommendations or links? Also, clarification of the size?
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Old 09-10-2022, 01:19 PM   #4
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Looks like I can use a go through socket set...
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Old 09-10-2022, 01:43 PM   #5
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The tool needed to hold the strut varies with manufacturer. Stock struts have a double D shaped shaft and the nuts are 24mm.

http://hiperformanceautoservice.com/...tNutTools1.jpg
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Old 09-10-2022, 01:52 PM   #6
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Thanks. Apparently the tool is identical to Lisle "Universal Strut Nut Remover 63400" - which I have managed to order...
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Old 09-10-2022, 04:43 PM   #7
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The other tool you will need is a deep offset box wrench to fit on the nut and turn it.
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Old 09-10-2022, 06:39 PM   #8
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I think I got a generic set from an auto parts store and has worked with a few different brands, not perfect but works
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Old 09-10-2022, 11:51 PM   #9
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Like it or not spamming the trigger a dozen times for a few seconds will have the issue solved. Only reason I've even gotten out an air impact in years
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Old 09-11-2022, 01:02 AM   #10
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I thought about the air impact wrench but I would like more control and there is the potential to create a larger problem.

Regarding the deep offset box wrench, not sure I need that in addition to what I purchased? Using that tool may work with vice grips or channel lock pliers..
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Old 09-11-2022, 12:18 PM   #11
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On a spinning strut shaft. I cover my slip joint pliers jaws with tape and hold the shaft by lifting up the dust boot and reaching through the spring. A vice grip works well, too. Then I use the impact gun to spin it loose easily. Of course only get it loose then put the spring compressor on there before completely removing the nut. We don't want to hurt yourself or anyone helping.

That works great for removal. For installation I use the Volvo tool.
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Old 09-11-2022, 01:00 PM   #12
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Spinning the shaft with an impact gun can unscrew the working piston inside the strut.

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Removing and installing shock absorbers/suspension parts with an impact driver (also pliers on the piston rod/shock absorber tube) can damage the shock absorbers and create noise later on. There is also a risk of the screw fitting of the working piston on the piston rod coming loose. On gas-pressure shock absorbers, the piston rod could then be ejected from the shock absorber (caution: hazard!). The use of pliers also damages the finely machined surface – average surface roughness (Rz) = 0,2 µm.
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Old 09-11-2022, 09:49 PM   #13
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Thanks. Apparently the tool is identical to Lisle "Universal Strut Nut Remover 63400" - which I have managed to order...



I went through so much trying to deal with this the past few years I thought I'd chime in here. I bought so many different "universal" tools and none including the lisle worked. I bought the Volvo special tools in the end, I must say that it was the best money I ever spent. I have several 240's so it made the investment worth it, but man oh man, I am so glad to have the special tools. If you can work out a loaner or something it is really worth it.
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Old 09-12-2022, 11:10 AM   #14
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In which case where can I purchase the tools? Or is anyone willing to sell?
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Old 09-12-2022, 01:21 PM   #15
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9995036 and 9995037 list as still available from Volvo. You can also try Baum Tools and ZDMak tools. They used to get Volvo special tools. The price really isn't much more than I paid 20 years ago.
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I checked with the dealer and they said 9995036 is available to order and 9995037 is on backorder.

The Volvo special tools website doesn't list 9995036. The one that's available may be the last one.

That said, I have a set that I'd rent out.
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Old 09-12-2022, 04:59 PM   #17
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I have this on order, hoping that it does the trick..

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09V4ZT1TP...NsaWNrPXRydWU=

If not then may take you up on the offer to pay to borrow your Volvo tools!
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Old 09-12-2022, 05:23 PM   #18
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Can something be made or modified to work?
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Can something be made or modified to work?
Did you read the rest of the thread?
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Old 09-15-2022, 05:15 PM   #20
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Update is that the tools I bought from Amazon did the job.

Actually, the lisle kit I also bought would also have worked just fine.

Thanks for everyone's input
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Old 09-15-2022, 05:20 PM   #21
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Glad you got that hardware tight. Did the clunk go away?
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Old 09-15-2022, 10:58 PM   #22
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Yes - clunk is gone. Nut was pretty loose.

Drives better too!
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