NHTSA — Suspension: Front: Macpherson Strut Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,000 miles

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2002 Pontiac Grand Prix suspension problems

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2002 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 172005

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles


This is an update to complaint 10107847. Please include the following information with the previous summary. In addition to the parts previously mentioned, at approximately 84,000 miles, the front struts and their associated mounts required replacement due to excessive wear. Indications were first noticed from a light tapping from the strut mount on passenger side, followed by the drivers side. Removal and inspection of the struts and mounts revealed that the strut mounts had literally melted around the metal top bushing at the point of attachment of the vulcanized rubber. Although it deformed and separated from the rubber, the mount provisions retained the parts sufficiently enough to prevent inadvertent release or other abnomalies except for the tapping sound it made. The strut assemblies lost their dampening on the upstroke side and were weak on the down or compression side (typical strut).

- Chadds Ford, PA, USA

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