02 Camry Strut bearing orientation

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camry

#1

Hello guys…my car was in an accident (Front right) where the strut problem is. It seems that the bearings are binding which twists and loads the spring ( which releases with an audible “bong”) I have a new mount and bearing ready to put on… since I can’t use the existing bearing orientation because the previous owner/shop has installed it. Does the taper side face down ? Mike


#2

That sounds more like a broken strut spring. Not an upper strut bearing.

I forgot to add. The upper strut bearing is clocked with the strut tower. Which means it can only be installed in one orientation.

Tester


#3

I’m holding the new mount upside down and the bearing ring just sits in the cup. There are no slots in the bearing (there’s a slot to lock the shaft to tighten the top nut). I’ll take off the tire to check the coil… thanks Tester ( …there seemed to be quite a few of online comments about front end "bong " sounds which lead me to the binding idea.I did’t hear it till after changing a very loose sway bar link. )…mike