Hi guys (and gals), Can anyone please post or link pictures of the front strut gland nut? And maybe describe it and what it does exactly.
I bought front Sachs struts, spring seats and Bearings (metal plate with the 3 mounting studs). Upon receiving I realized my spring compressor was insufficient, so I brought the whole Mcferson assys. to a local shop to swap out the struts. When I got them back one has a loose collar(I'm assuming is a gland nut). The guy that did the job said the main shaft nut needs to be tightened once the assy is in the car. Not only is the collar loose(Hole slightly enlarged), but it doesn't even sit tight against the shoulder on the strut shaft.
Is this part in there supposed to be pressed on and twisted off? It goes past the threads on the shaft, but Volvo sells a wrench to get it off(other sites say use a pipe wrench).
I have searched the internet and can't find any detailed description or pictures of this elusive part. any help greatly appreciated.
I have not ever heard of such a thing but I don't have an old set of Sachs struts around to look at. Trust me, when I change struts they are done and then some and they make the trip directly from the car to the trash can.
As I recall there is no Gland nut on the aftermarkets I have replaced the OEM Sachs struts with but there may be one on the OEMs. I pulled up some pictures I took while changing my last set of struts and the dust boot covers the top of the strut in the pictures so they are inconclusive.
It will need to be tight before it goes back on the car since there is no way to get any type of wrench to it after it is mounted in the strut tower.
I have my old OEM struts and can look but I have no idea what a "gland nut" is. There are two nuts on the top strut shaft- one is the X-shaped nut that holds the spring together, the other is the top nut that holds the strut on the strut mount or bearing.
Here is a photo of the top of one of my old OEM struts. I see nothing like a gland nut at the top. The plastic dust cover just slides up and the strut appears to be held together by a press fit and bending in of the metal sides at the top. The top section of metal cylinder is not separate; it just looks like it because that's where the dust cap came off.