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Can anyone please tell me what is this strut part from my 2005 Escape?



It came either in between Part 7 (Bearing) and 6 (Bearing Plate) or in between Part 6 and 9 (Dust Boot). I'm not sure of the order because when I removed the strut nut (Part #1) the spring shot out and so did the upper pieces.



I replaced the struts and shocks with Monro Sensa-trac and the ride was immediately stiffer. I also installed a new Bumper (part # 10) and a upper coil spring insulator (part # 5). I will change the break pads and rotors this weekend (ProStop Ceramic and Duralast). I am doing this to get rid of this new noise that recently started whenever I ride over a rough roads (56K miles).

The next thing that I may try after doing this is the front wheel bearings.
The parts person at the Ford dealership was was clueless when I showed him these broken plastic pieces. His computer screen did not show any thing similar to this when I was ordering the bumper and upper coil spring insulator.
B.t.w if you are so inclined to replace your struts then it would be worth it to get something like this...
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=3980

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Yeah, I vote for the tool. They can be replaced with out it, but that part might go flying off and right through you, your eye, what ever! Best to tie the thing down while you work it. Or better yet, put the vehicle up so the suspension is hanging. That is what I did years ago when I replaced my struts on an old beater that I owned. Rented a service station rack and put the car up on that so the suspension was hanging. No compression of the springs.
 

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Yeah, I vote for the tool. They can be replaced with out it, but that part might go flying off and right through you, your eye, what ever! Best to tie the thing down while you work it. Or better yet, put the vehicle up so the suspension is hanging. That is what I did years ago when I replaced my struts on an old beater that I owned. Rented a service station rack and put the car up on that so the suspension was hanging. No compression of the springs.
Actually taking out the strut is very simple. First unscrew the ABS (10mm socket) bracket and brake hose line clip from the strut. Then unscrew the sway bar link(15mm wrench and Allen tool ). Then remove the two bolts (18mm wrench) that hold the strut to the steering knuckle. Afterwords remove the top four nuts (14mm socket) from upper strut bracket. Your strut will now come down. To remove the spring from the strut use the tool to compress the spring about an inch and a half. Then remove the top nut (not sure of size). Twenty min's tops for me for each strut and it is VERY safe. I know that Harbor Freight tools are less then desirable but I only fix my own cars so I don't need top of the line tools. It just seem like I do it for a living with all the cars that I have. Just remember to hang up the brake calipers to something.
 

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I took off the struts again to have another look. It is possible that this broken plastic piece is from the bottom of the strut boot and not from the top. I took the broken pieces and place them over that location and they seem to fit. However now it seems that I need to buy these boots. I've reassemble everything and it seem like the noise has subsided a bit. Any ideas or first hand experience would be helpful.

 

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This part may have been placed in the wrong sequence when I had the SUV serviced by the dealership when it was under warranty. I took it in over 2 years ago for a squeaking suspension noise. The service person did not realize that the sway bar link kit was making the noise. This person may have taken the struts out and took off the spring and boots. I've taken it to them three times for the same thing. All of the service people were clueless as to what was making the noise. I did not think to use the lemon law because I loved my Escape and I saw that they were trying to fix the problem. The last thing they did was to resurface my rear rotors even though the noise originated from the front. :hyst: Luckily, I found info on this problem on the internet and I changed the sway bar link kit myself. I did not want to wait a week for them to try to fix it again.
Can anyone tell me if this thing belongs at the bottom of the strut boot?
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That part you looking for is from bottom of strut mount it's come together as kit when you purchase new strut mount.The squeaking noise also can come from strut mount.You can visually check that if is rubber broken somewhere.On my Escape that squeaking noise driving me crazy for over two month until I find out that was from strut mount.
 

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That piece of plastic goes in between parts number 8 and 7. It is hard to imagine that this little piece of plastic is directly in contact with and being compressed by the upper strut bracket and the bearing plate.

Here is the conclusion of all of my recent efforts. The strange noise that I encountered when I started all of this was coming from the BALL JOINTS. That was the last thing that I changed on my SUV. So here is the items that were changed in chronological order. Struts, shocks, strut bumper, spring insulator, break pads and rotors, upper strut bracket, and ball joints. All of these items are wear items so it doesn't hurt so bad when I tally up the prices for them. It sums up to around $650. :cry: Luckily I was able to do all the labor. Also I changed the thermostat, radiator hoses, and heating core hoses. I flushed the antifreeze and lubed all of the suspension parts when I was doing all of this. Next project is in the spring of 2010. By then I will change all of the belts, PVC, IDC, MAF sensor etc...

B.T.W. I still have to do an alignment.
 
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