So, I'm out driving around yesterday and I'm hearing a pop sound from the left strut. Im thinking that i messed something up either when I assembled the strut or when I installed. It only happened twice but it really bothered me. I really wasn't feeling taking the strut off, compressing the springs and disassembling the damn thing again.
By the way, I consider myself a half decent home mechanic and am willing to tackle any job. I take my time and am very fastidious. Well, I'm not so sure how good I am. I was racking my brain as to why it would pop. Spring not seated correctly? Blown strut already? Broken spring? Top bolt not tight enough? Worn end links? Worn out control arm? Worn out CABs? Steering rack issues?
So then I remember that sometimes if the lugs are loose you will hear a pop every once in a while. Well guess what, me, Mr Mechanic, forgot to tighten the front wheel lugs completely after I lowered the car. What an idiot.