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98 Caravan rusted strut repair


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#1 ahutson98

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Posted June 18, 2008 at 11:06 pm

Hi,
I have a van that the driver's side strut tower is rusted half way around the tower. Both inner and outer parts are rusted (strut is starting to come through). I have the dealer cap, SEM 39747 adhesive, and rust converter. I didnt buy the repair kit that the dealer has. I need the instructions that come with it. Has anyone seen a cap to repair the inner part of the strut tower? Any help would be appreciated.
Al

#2 Andreb

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Posted June 19, 2008 at 06:52 pm

I did the driver side strut towers on my 96 about 6 weeks ago. Here's a link to a post about how I did it, there should be enough details to help you to figure it out. I did use 3/8 grade 8 bolts instead of rivets, but I guess that it'll be pretty much the same job.

http://www.allpar.co...&...st&p=952439

#3 ahutson98

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Posted June 19, 2008 at 09:46 pm

Thanks Andreb for the input. You didn't strengthen around holes where the strut mounts to (the bottom piece)?
Al

#4 Andreb

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Posted June 20, 2008 at 08:20 pm

Thanks Andreb for the input. You didn't strengthen around holes where the strut mounts to (the bottom piece)?
Al


on mine I didn't had to, the sheet metal was still healthy around the holes... I guess you could stick some big bumper washers over the holes between the bottom piece and the top piece to stenghten that area.

if there's too much sheet metal missing from the bottom part, you might need to fabricate a part that will go under the bottom piece and use some bolt to sandwich the stock strut tower between the new top piece and your self fabricated piece.

#5 ahutson98

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Posted June 20, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Thanks again for the input. I know more when I take the strut.
Al

#6 maxi

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Posted July 6, 2008 at 05:19 pm

http://www.cardomain.../ride/2203948/4


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