Anyone with experience using “Double D” endings on strut rods? (Aka GM Shock Absorber tool?) I tracked down a tool online (link below) that seems to resemble the ends of my strut rods, but there aren’t any specs given anywhere. Do these come in multiple sizes?? I believe I need one that is 7 or 8 mm wide. I saw one online labeled as 7.5 mm wide??
Just trying to get new struts on my VW beetle and very confused about this.
1998 VW beetle, TDI Manual, 240k
Went to change out some very worn struts, but the nut at the top of the strut rod (accessed from beneath the cowl) that holds the whole assembly to the car’s frame is seized. (even after an overnight bath in lubricant) My replacement has a 21 mm bolt screwing onto the strut rod, which ends with a 7 mm allen key hole to hold the strut rod in place while that bolt is tightened. But the one on the car is a 21 mm bolt, with the strut rod ending in just a 7-8 mm wide rectangle that I can’t seem to get a purchase on with any wrench. The internet seems to think this is only used on GM cars, and all VW beetle strut replacement videos show the allen key version. Did some mechanic put GM struts on my VW beetle before I inherited it??