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[*] posted on 26-2-2015 at 05:51 PM
89 Tercel - tower fell out?


today I had to pull my front driver wheel off, when I put the car back on the ground it looked like THIS:

http://i.imgur.com/I4pdNFz.jpg

another picture and a picture of the pass side here: http://imgur.com/a/WiDPE

I managed to get the tower to slide back in place.

the rubber pieces fell apart months ago, but I didn't think much about it--i figured the bolts held the tower in place.

anyway -- what are these parts called, how much of a pain is it going to be to replace them? is there a thread somewhere I can follow?
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[*] posted on 26-2-2015 at 06:06 PM


Is this the part that you're looking for? I have no experience with the suspension system, but it looks like that may be the one.



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[*] posted on 26-2-2015 at 06:47 PM


that's it. I crossposted on the mechanicadvice subreddit and got this reply:

The failed part is the strut mount. You'll want to replace that and the strut. They are replaced in pairs (ie. do both front struts and strut mounts)
You'll need some serious tools if she's rusty in addition to a spring compressor, or opt for some quick struts (come assembled w/springs and all). Quick struts don't require you disassemble the strut to reuse the spring but can still be a pain to do with hand tools. The securing bolts at the bottom are hella tight. You'll need an alignment afterwards.
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[*] posted on 26-2-2015 at 07:07 PM


So RockAuto also sells a strut and mount kit. I don't know if that's the most cost effective/best way to go or not.

I have a 3rd gen also, and I usually go by this Full Service Manual. That FSM is for 4th gens with 3E-E motors. Im not sure if the procedures for strut replacement are exactly the same for 3rd Gen, but I would imagine they would be nearly identical. Maybe someone with more experience could comment.

Once you download that PDF, the procedure starts on page SA-28 of the Suspension and Axle section, starting with the special tools that may be required.

[Edited on 27-2-2015 by paradoxfreq]




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[*] posted on 26-2-2015 at 08:49 PM


kit looks like $142 shipped to me. much cheaper than oriley/autozone.

thanks for the link to and location of the info in the manual!
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[*] posted on 26-2-2015 at 08:56 PM


Right on! :2thumbsup:

Good luck! Not a ton of activity here but still a great place to look for help.

Consider making a post in the welcome section, don't forget the :pics2:




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[*] posted on 26-2-2015 at 10:27 PM


Strut replacement is the same on almost all cars. Yeah your strut mount fell apart, not a good thing, but not a huge repair if you're doing the work yourself.
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[*] posted on 26-2-2015 at 10:33 PM


Yeah looked pretty straight forward to me from looking at the FSM. The only thing that looks tough would be compressing the spring if you don't have the special service tool for it.



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[*] posted on 26-2-2015 at 10:42 PM


I'd bet a 98 Tercel strut from salvage would bolt right on. If you found one with replacements even better. Go walk a few junk yards.



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[*] posted on 27-2-2015 at 01:05 AM


a 98 (5th gen) strut mount will not fit unless you also use the struts. the shock/strut rods have a narrower diameter. the 4th gen tercel (91-94) and 1st gen paseo fit
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[*] posted on 27-2-2015 at 02:55 AM


thanks for the replies everyone

I'm gonna hit some yards tomorrow and see about other parts for the tercel and my other cars -- but given its struts and rubber I'm probably gonna go new

I've gotta do my valve stem seals, and I've halfway convinced myself just to find a mechanic that wants to do everything and get my head worked at the same time.

my tercel came with the redline weber carb, from reading here after the fact I feel like I was real lucky on that. had it nearly a year now.
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[*] posted on 27-2-2015 at 06:00 PM


I've read good things here about that weber carb as well. If I had the cash I would buy one for sure.

Again, with what seems like a lack of 3rd Gens here ATM I'd love to see a welcome post with some pics of the 'cel!

// EDIT //

I sometimes think it would be cool to have a /r/tercel subreddit :pepper:

[Edited on 27-2-2015 by paradoxfreq]




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[*] posted on 28-2-2015 at 01:22 PM


Not sure if you've seen THESE from my collection of 3rd Gen items:

A Gen. 3 Tercel cluster (with CLOCK!!!) $70.00 (Shipping included)



...also, still available:

Gen3 Headlights (with buckets)... (Maybe for sale)

Make me an offer for both and we'll see what happens?

I'm thinkin' along the lines of $180.00 for both (shipping
included)?








Just Back From Crazy Ray's (04-20-12)

With ANOTHER SET of 3rd Gen headlights (w. buckets),



Very CLEAN set of 3rd Gen corner lights for $40 (will not break up set) Shipping included


and a set of VERY CLEAN tail lights for a sedan.



Let's make a :deal:

alf :waving:




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[*] posted on 1-3-2015 at 01:57 AM


alfradio, all of those items are fine in my tercel -- the car was in amazing shape when I got it last year, I've put some major wear on it though.

all I need is suspension work and the valve stem seals replaced, I'll probably just get someone to pull and work the head on that last one.

paradoxfreq -- I'm not sure we would get any followers, nor if we would we be accepted in /r/vintagejapaneseautos
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