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    Front struts

    Slightly odd one here, not our Zaf, but the father in laws. He put a new set of (Monroe IIRC) front struts on his 99 V reg 1.6 few months back, all was fine for a while then a bonk bonk started a while after, so after changing drop links, ARB bushes and nigh on everything else with no joy, took the struts out again, turned out the drivers side had worn the rubber away on the top plate leaving a gap, as the lower nut of the two had worked loose. So, nut was re-tightened, new top plate fitted and top nut refitted.

    That was last week, and today it's done it again, the top plate beginning to have the rubber bumps chewed up, and the inner nut loose. It's only happening on the drivers side, passenger side has been fine ever since day one of them being fitted.

    Obviously having to strip it all down on a weekly basis is taking the pee, just wondered if anyone else had suffered similar after swapping shocks or had any ideas on why it keeps coming loose?

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    sorry to say this but that does sound like installer error to me. Do you have the proper tools to get the nuts really tight? Also did you use any lubricant on the threads? If so get it all off with brake cleaner
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    Interesting thought, but seeing as both were done together, the passenger side has been fine ever since and not been a problem, I don't think it's down to error. Yes proper tools were used, and no form of lubricant etc was used on the threads.

    Just seems odd that one side is fine, and the other just keeps coming loose.

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    put some thread lock on then and leave the correct amount of time for the liquid to go off before using the car. It wont shift then, or the other thing you can do is give the nuts a tiny squash in a big vice so you have a slightly oval hole
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    Well we resorted to thread lock, and we physically cannot get it any tighter. Hopefully be ok, as they're off to Yorkshire tomorrow so we'll see what happens.

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