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2006 Strut Leak

I thought I would start new thread in this forum for anyone with updates on this snafu. Please take the time to submit a formal complaint if this affects you. Thanks.


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Anyone who has had this repaired under warranty, post up. My dealer/parts mgr. told me 5-7 days due to an availabilty problem with the P/N 92158550 strut. According to the parts dept. there are only 10 available nationwide and he has a request in for 1 of them. It would be really good of GM to let me supply a better quality replacement strut and still treat it as a warranty claim but as a former Honda service mgr. I suspect this will not happen due to liability concerns. Will keep you guys posted.

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Dealer is replacing one front strut first thing in the morning. Took a week to get the part. Filed complaint with the NHTSA about the strut failure. I believe the car was delivered to me with a failed strut, since I noticed small amounts of fluid on the garage after just one day home from the dealership. I will also give my service department a printout of the strut compalints (which number around 30 so far) and I will tell them to inspect other suspension components for any problems.

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My dealer is replacing both struts although I can only detect a leak in one side. Also I for got to mention that when I arrived at the dealer with TSB # 050308009 in hand the service advisor looked at it and first said whats this. Not sure he knew what a TSB was. He then asked me if I believed everything I read on the internet and went on to say that anyone can post anything they want. I then pointed out to him that this was from the NHTSA.DOT.GOV website. He didn't have much to say after that. Go figure.

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Well, add me to the list. Noticed a dime-size spot of oil on the garage floor yesterday as I was sweeping it out. I felt around the bottom of the strut, and sure enough, its leaking, mine is the driver's side front strut. 298 EASY miles on the car. Build date 02/06. I was hoping I would avoid this gremlin.

Now a couple important (and perhaps stupid) questions:
Obviously a leaking strut is a bad thing, but do I need to park the car until I can get it replaced? Is this a critical safety issue where I shouldn't be driving the car?

When I get the strut replaced, do I need to get the front end realigned or get anything else checked out, or is this just a bolt-in repair (like replacing a shock) with no change to the front end alignment or geometry?

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Well, add me to the list. Noticed a dime-size spot of oil on the garage floor yesterday as I was sweeping it out. I felt around the bottom of the strut, and sure enough, its leaking, mine is the driver's side front strut. 298 EASY miles on the car. Build date 02/06. I was hoping I would avoid this gremlin.

Now a couple important (and perhaps stupid) questions:
Obviously a leaking strut is a bad thing, but do I need to park the car until I can get it replaced? Is this a critical safety issue where I shouldn't be driving the car?

When I get the strut replaced, do I need to get the front end realigned or get anything else checked out, or is this just a bolt-in repair (like replacing a shock) with no change to the front end alignment or geometry?

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The front end will need to be aligned and should be a standard practice for your service dept. Also don't forget to have them check the stock radius rod bushings for wear. One question you should ask is were the clevis bolts replaced . Why, they are also single use bolts and should be replaced at every alignment. Strut bearings may also need to be replaced so ask to check them as well.

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Gpr1200r, thanks for the info. Have an appointment Friday morning, we'll see what happens.

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Well, I went to the dealer (John Hine Pontiac) to get my struts checked out and they will replace only the leaky strut(driverside). I have an appointment to go in on friday. I was not very impressed with the service advisor but I guess that as long as they fix my car thats all that matters.

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My dealer is replacing both struts although I can only detect a leak in one side. Also I for got to mention that when I arrived at the dealer with TSB # 050308009 in hand the service advisor looked at it and first said whats this. Not sure he knew what a TSB was. He then asked me if I believed everything I read on the internet and went on to say that anyone can post anything they want. I then pointed out to him that this was from the NHTSA.DOT.GOV website. He didn't have much to say after that. Go figure.
Ok......just came back from the dealer after my warranty strut replacement. Was told that there was no need for an alignment as they drove it and it was ok. Seems to drive ok but was dissapointed that they did not even bother to clean all the strut oil from inside the wheel wells and the underside of car. The doc attached is what GM is giving the dealer to save him from doing the alignment.

Ok this an additional info posted on 7/15/2006. I was trying to figure out why I still had the same out of balance problem after my dealer warranty replacement of struts. At that time I told the service advisor about the out of balance condition. The RO shows a force balance but in reviewing my before and after pics it looks like they did not do sh**. WTF??? The car pic was taken about a week before the car went back for the warranty work and balance. The wheel pic was taken yesterday. Front left wheel is in question. Looks the same huh??? Oh yeah almost forgot...they put a nice scratch inside the right rear wheel about 1 in from the inside. I verified that they did in fact do a rear wheel balance but not front.
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