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Unread 11-06-2008, 03:57 PM   #1
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this is my first post and i have a 05 liberty renegade 3.7L and i had it at the shop today because its making a loud poping/knocking noise in the rear right and my uncle(the mechanic) said thaat the struts didnt look right because they were crooked on each side identical. i was just wondering if this is normal or should i have them replaced or fixed????

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Unread 11-06-2008, 06:11 PM   #2
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Struts are in the front - shocks are in the rear - I don't know what you mean in terms of crooked.
The only popping noise I'm aware of has been the top bolt not being tightened to spec (I think it's about 80 ft/lb or so) - and some aftermarket shocks are actually too narrow - need washers on the sides to tighten.

normally you inspect - if they're leaking oil - that's bad - and/ or bounce the fender up and down a couple of times - then let go - if they're bad - it'll keep bouncing - if it's stops quickly its probably okay
(okay is relative I think the stock ones were bad from the factory and are only used to hold the wheel on)

If you have to replace them - Rancho's are good - OME's are better

if your uncle's the mechanic - maybe you can ask him for some details (and maybe he'll give you some advice on how to check it out/work on it yourself - good learning opportunity)
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