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Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Jersey City, NJ
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Are you guys sure it doesn't do it while the car is off? Because it's pretty difficult to turn the wheels with the car off, just wondering if you've actually tried it. If I had to guess, it sounds like the upper strut bearings. It's the piece that goes over the top of the strut piston rod, and contains the 3 bolts that mount to the strut tower, allowing the strut to turn. If the bearings are shot, they will bind up and the strut won't turn smoothly.
Open the hood and pop the plastic cap off at the top of the strut assembly. Have someone turn the wheels and observe what happens. If that's the problem, you'll notice and feel the "skip" right there. They're about $30 each side, but the whole strut assembly has to come off to replace them.
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