Sorry I saw this post and still have them forgot to take pictures tho I will tomorrow.Found two nasty things on the upper strut bearings on my 04 Cavalier I didn't like. First and far most, the upper and lower races were not tempered and were egg shaped. Could actually straighten them out in my vise. If you are familiar with Young's modulus of elasticity, this modulus was exceeded. Second thing was the balls were all rusty and were never greased.
Did show this to my dealer, though luck, your car is 150 miles out of warranty. Could have taken GM to court on this, but for 20 bucks per bearing, wasn't worth my effort. With the new bearings, first I did a stress test, they did spring back to the original size and maintained symmetry. But for the second issue, where is the grease? Hardly a thin coat of oil on each ball bearing. I packed those full with axle wheel grease. That was over 90K miles ago, still in great shape.
Was hoping you would pull your new bearing apart, if you can, to see what's inside. Was tempted to check my bearings in the Cruze, but the heck with that noise, still under warranty.
In removing the struts, two bolts with nuts, just like on the Cruze, but used an engraver from each bolt to the yoke. So I could put those bolts exactly how I removed them. Waste of time, those two bottom bolts are symmetrical, not off centered like used on my expensive cars. That would be for camber adjustment, didn't make a bit of difference how they were rotated, but followed my marks anyway.
For the strut towel bolts with the nuts loosened, wasn't any play whatsoever. Paint marks lined up exactly. But still got an alignment check for 15 bucks, all was perfect.
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