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#1 Old 09-04-2010, 12:14 PM
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Question Strut bellows - easy to replace?

My 2005 MO has 48,000 miles on the clock and I just noticed the dust boots (bellows) have cracks and tears in them. Since they are relatively inexpensive (-$30/pair) I would like to replace them. Are they easily replaceable? Is it as simple as jacking the car body up until the tire is barely touching the ground, remove the single strut bolt, compress just the rod, replace the boot, extend the rod, and reinstall the nut? Or am I just nuts??

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Although the method you have described sounds logical, I don't think it is as easy. I would think top of the strut (and the spring) would become unstable once you drop the rod because nothing else would be keeping it in alignment.

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Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. Thanks, z-man.

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Joe, the problem is that the top of the struts is a real bugger to get to because they are underneath the windshield... You'll need to diassemble the cowl to get to them, removing the wiper arms helps too.. By the time you go through all that, you might as well replace the whole assembly..

If it were me, I'd just cut them off and run w/o them... Next time you replace the struts get some aftermarket boots... ProComp and Rancho boots hold up alot better than the OEM flimsy ones... I put KYB GR2 on the Murano so I ordered them with KYB boots.... The shocks don't seem to me to be any better than OEM but the boots definitely are... I think next round I may look into Monroe, if wifey doesn't decide to trade it in for a Lexus by then...


Here's a pic of one of my ProComp boots, I paid like maybe $6/ea, they're available in a variety of colors:

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I think next round I may look into Monroe, if wifey doesn't decide to trade it in for a Lexus by then...[/IMG]
Bellows... if they're somewhat intact, just use duct tape to tape them together. If they're torn completely, as PopCA stated, just cut them off. The effort to put on new bellows pretty much means putting on new struts/shocks.

PopsCA: keep the KYB or go with OEM shocks/struts. I had the Monroe and they were awful with little to no damping. The ride was wallowy and unstable since I had OEM struts and Monroes in the rear. I pulled those Monroes off the rear and put the old shocks (with 60K miles on them) back onto the Murano and they feel MUCH better. The Monroes were a waste of money, lifetime warranty or not.

My wife and I were looking for Murano replacements this weekend and were thinking of the Lexus RX350, VW Touareg, used Porsche Cayenne, used BMW X5, etc. All very nice cars, but you do give up A LOT of nice features to purchase a new(er) car. With the ridiculous trade-in value of our MO, it seems worthwhile to keep driving the car.

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Bellows... if they're somewhat intact, just use duct tape...

Oh no, not duct tape!! Using duct tape on my cars has always been a sure sign that it had morphed into a "beater". Duct tape on the ripped convertible top on the MG Midget... beater. Duct tape on the tonneau cover of the MGB... beater. Duct tape on the seat of the Yamaha 550 Maxim... beater. Duct tape on the bellows of my MO... :eek:

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Another solution is to get the KY boots....I mean KYB boots.., slice one side and slip them on, then use plastic straps of same color to hold them in place.

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I'd say just cut them off and forget about it. Mine are so torn apart they're literally hanging off of the shock. I'm just too lazy to do anything about it.

After 142K miles, my MO is history. Now sporting a loaded silver 2012 Ford Edge Limited with 20" wheels.
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...PopsCA: keep the KYB or go with OEM shocks/struts. I had the Monroe and they were awful with little to no damping. The ride was wallowy and unstable since I had OEM struts and Monroes in the rear. I pulled those Monroes off the rear and put the old shocks (with 60K miles on them) back onto the Murano and they feel MUCH better. The Monroes were a waste of money, lifetime warranty or not.

My wife and I were looking for Murano replacements this weekend and were thinking of the Lexus RX350, VW Touareg, used Porsche Cayenne, used BMW X5, etc. All very nice cars, but you do give up A LOT of nice features to purchase a new(er) car. With the ridiculous trade-in value of our MO, it seems worthwhile to keep driving the car.
Thanks for the heads up!!! My wife has been talking about a GX470... She's been wanting a Land Rover LR3 or Range Rover for a long time but when I showed her online parts prices for repairing myself compared next to Infiniti's, she decided maybe that's not the vehicle to get...

An RX350 is 2nd runner up, her brother has a Cayenne and her sister has an X5... The X5 has been one problem after another while the Cayenne has been reliable... Porsche parts prices are more than Land Rover's though, so it's scratched off her list too.
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I just got done changing my struts. If you want to replace the boots you have to remove them from the car, compress the springs and disassemble them. Not necessarily that difficult, but maybe more work than value unless your replacing the struts at the same time.

I always felt like I had a problem with my suspension from the beginning and my boots have been shot for ages, 110,000 miles on an 03, but to be honest the old struts felt just like the new ones when I checked them by hand. I don't have it back on the road yet as I have been fixing multiple problems and doing a bunch of maintenance, new CV shafts, New plugs, valve cover gasket, bad cam position sensor, busted High pressure power steering hose, CVT draind etc, but I don't anticipate much improvement from the stuts.
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My bad, I just realized your doing the rear.
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Nissan's choice in plastics on this car is subpar IMHO, the bellows fall apart early, the interior plastics scratch easily, and the plastic clips holding the front end together crumble apart after a few years (or the first time you attempt to remove them lol).

You cant replace bellows on the car if you have struts, you have to remove the struts completely. When you do that, you also need to get an alignment. Torn bellows also accelerate wear on the struts/shocks. Just wait till you need to replace the struts and do struts, bellows, and an alignment at the same time. Struts arent that expensive and it will save you from paying for labor twice.
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Yeah I would just run whatever torn boots you have there, and not worry about it. I thought Joe that you didn't plan on keeping the vehicle much longer after the warranty period anyways.

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Yeah I would just run whatever torn boots you have there, and not worry about it. I thought Joe that you didn't plan on keeping the vehicle much longer after the warranty period anyways.
Good memory, E.

Yes, my original plans were to unload the MO the day before the Powertrain Warranty expired, but now that the CVT's supplemental warranty is in place for another 5 years I figure I will hang on to her for awhile. I only have 50,000 miles on the clock so the VQ is still a baby.

Thanks for the advice on the boots. I incorrectly thought they would be relatively easy to repair, but now I see how wrong I was.

Thanks again.

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