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Old 03-21-2013, 02:26 PM
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so I've had this squeak coming from my rear passenger side suspension for some time now. Most forums told me it would be the trailing arm bushing, but I could tell the noise was coming from the upper portion of the shock tower.

Today, I pulled the plastic back to see if I could determine the source of the noise and I found this:

I've always heard this part called the "top hat" or "upper shock mount", is this right? What exactly do I need to replace, and where should I buy it?
 
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:29 PM
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The shock doesn't seem to be leaking, so I don't think it needs to be replaced. Im hoping that riding without the shock attached hasn't harmed the coil spring.

From what I can tell by looking at the other side, there is a piece missing on the top of the strut, right under that nut. I just can't quite figure out how that missing piece allowed the strut to travel up through the body like this.

I could REALLY use some help on this, guys. This is my only mode of transportation...
 

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Old 03-21-2013, 06:42 PM
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New tops hats needed?
 
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:23 PM
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think Honda will charge me an arm and a leg for one? Or is this something I can go to Autozone for?
 
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:39 PM
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Is this what I need? 00 2000 Honda Civic Shock Mount Plate - Suspension - Genuine, Sachs, Front, Rear - PartsGeek

and maybe one of these too? http://www.partsgeek.com/catalog/200...nting_kit.html

BTW, is "parts geek" a reputable site? Never used it before. Feel free to point me in a better direction.
 

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Old 03-21-2013, 08:00 PM
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now that I look at it, that plate doesn't look like the other side...


edit - https://www.hondacivicforum.com/foru...acement-70765/

just found this and it is helping...
 

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Old 03-22-2013, 06:18 AM
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I am not sure what you are asking here. I can find a top hat for ya if you are desparate.

Rent a spring compressor from Autozone, squeeze the spring down, loosen the 14mm(i think) nut on the top, use a allen wrench/key to keep the middle thing the nut is on from spinning. I know.. terrible way of explaining things.

Pay attention to the order of which washers/bushings come out. Swap over to the new set-up, release springs, reinstall assembly onto car.

I just this with the fronts on the teg when swapping from DA struts to EK struts while keeping the H&R spings.
 
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:15 PM
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Problem is that I was totally confused as to what I was looking at. The parts blow up had me confused. I got a better parts blow-up faxed to me from my local Honda dealership and it has helped a ton.

I'll be working the car on Sunday. I'll report back after.
 
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