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.kegbelly said: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?
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.Gpr1200r said: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.
Thought I'd follow up on this...kegbelly said:Gpr1200r, thanks for the info. Have an appointment Friday morning, we'll see what happens.
You are correct....a leak is a leak. Why do some service advisors/techs put coments on the RO as to suggest that it's really not a big deal. "Slight oily residue" come on guys (GM). This is a big deal to new owners who laid down serious cash for their GTO's. Yes I understand that it was probaly due to either a bad batch of struts or improper shipping. (Who knows....GM won't comment and dealers are only covering their as# by telling buyers they haven't heard of this problem). In any event...would it not be commom sense to replace both struts in light of the current situation? Oh yeah...my dealer gave a nice new loaner while mine were replaced. Good luck mi amigos.kegbelly said:Thought I'd follow up on this...
I haven't noticed any more oil on the garage floor since that first spot. No strange noises or handling issues, no oil slinging on the wheel or undercarriage, so I'm still driving the car. Dealer agreed that the strut is leaking, though, and will replace it under warranty. The work order said "very slight oily residue on strut". A leak is a leak as far as I'm concerned, and I assume it will get worse with time. 7-10 days to get the part in. They will also check the alignment and do whatever is necessary. I also asked them about replacing the other strut at the same time, they said GM will not replace it until it actually fails, because chances are it may never fail. I can understand that. So I'm waiting on a call to let me know the part is in, and we'll take it from there.
I am having the same problem, front right strut is blown and it has been a week with no part to be found. I was driving and thought I had a flat, went under the car and saw that the right strut was leaking, in addition the vertical stabilizer was pressed against the bottom of the strut. Dropped the car off a week ago at the local dealer and since then they have had a "nationwide search" for a new strut, I can not believe it is taking this long. I got the same reply when I asked that both be replaced "GM would not allow". In addition they are not sure that an alignment is necessary. Incidentally, my car was built in Feb 06, amazing that most strut issues are tied to this month.Gpr1200r said: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.