I went in to have a tie rod end replaced yesterday morning and the mechanic
told me that to align the front end properly, he'd have to cut some rivets
up on the top of the fender in the engine compartment around the big bolt
that holds the strut/spring assembly to the chassis. I declined and told
him to do what he can without cutting those. Frankly, it sounded odd to me
when he said they're built at the factory that way -- to have to cut the
rivets to align it. Funny. The car had 98,000 miles on it when I got it
and it had never been aligned? And nobody else who aligned it has ever
told me that.
Anyway.... what's the story here?
The pop-rivets are a convenience thing, to keep the original caster/camber
in case the strut has to be removed to do other work, so they can leave the top
mount in place, drop the strut out of it, and reinsert when finished. If the
shop has determined that the camber or caster isn't exactly where it should be,
rivets will be have to be taken out to allow the top mount to be moved. If you
you can always "pop" :) in a new rivet afterwards, but they're not required.
Okay. I was assuming that somehow removing those rivets might weaken the
structure and result in a higher likelihood of watching my strut rocket off
into space or something. Not that the chances would be that high, but
higher than they would be if the rivets had been left in place.
Thanks for the clarification.
Lack of mechanical experience, yes. But I do have enough life experience
to know a smart ass when I see one. Not to say that I don't appreciate
your advice, and not to say I don't appreciate the rather dry sarcasm. The
issue is life experience. You're a smart ass. Not a judgment, just an
Strange that they'd put them there, but then their purpose has been
Uh, yes... guilty.. as I often remark in follow-up remarks.
I consider bulletin boards and forums as MORE than some "community".
Closest way I can put it, once you have ten years or so experience on here...
is sorta like a bar at happy hour.
I agree. In fact, I consider my involvement in a flamewar from time to
time a very enjoyable form of entertainment. I discovered usenet in 1994,
myself, so it looks like we're about even on the experience part. :-)
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