2002 strut mount bearing wrong way round.

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I had my front springs replaced a couple of years ago, and ever since there's been a very slight odd "feel" to the steering. This has persisted after geometry alignments and replaced ball joints. So I've put up with the odd "feel" as it didn't affect handling that much, but the issue does appear to be causing the OSF tire to wear excessively on the inside, to the point that I'm on my second set in two years that have worn the same way and needed to be replaced.

So I thought I'd look further into it to finally sort this out, and it appears my OSF strut bearing has the mounting pegs in the wrong hole. I've found this topic which has images showing the pegs in the right holes for osf and nsf:

citroen-c3-questions/front-strut-replac ... l?start=20

This is how it should look (mine has the peg on the inside hole):
C3 2002 strut mount bearing wrong way round.
C3 2002 strut mount bearing wrong way round.
The orientation of the pegs seems to be important in setting correct camber of the wheel as the strut is off centre when mounted in the bearing.
C3 2002 strut mount bearing
C3 2002 strut mount bearing
This would explain the excessive inside wear on the tire.

Question is how easy will it be to spin it round to the correct holes? I'm looking for a solution which involves as little dismantling of the suspension as possible.

Many thanks in advance :)
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No easy way. I wouldn't advise to do this yourself if you don't know about banana springs (side load springs).

You need to remove the whole compressed strut to do any work on the top bearing.
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Thanks C3CAR, I feared it wouldn't be a straight forward job. I was probably being a bit naive thinking I could drop the strut just enough to spin the bearing round to locate the peg.
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Surely you just need to take the leg out, rotate the bearing & put it back in. The spring doesn't have to come off?

I've changed two sets of springs on C3s & it is a scary experience. I used two sets of srping compressors for safety along with a threaded bar through the centre with alrge washers as a safety! Anyway, I don't think you need to go there!
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The shock mount sits on top of the bearing and is free to rotate 360 degrees.
In this case all you would need to do is drop the suspension down and rotate the mount 180 degrees. It's a bit hard to rotate the mount against the pressure of the spring but not that hard.
Putting the retainer and the nyloc nut on the top of the strut and keeping the alignment pin lined up at the same time is the hardest bit. It's a b!tch if you don't have help.
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P.S.
The two pictures (shown at the beginning of the thread) show two different mounts.
The first picture shows a Mk1 or pre mid 2005 mount. The pin is in line, at the 9 o'clock position.
The second is a post mid 2005 Mk2 mount. The pin is at the 7 O'clock position (approximately).
Edit: oops sorry the photos (shown at the beginning of the thread) are both Mk1's.
Here is what the difference between the Mk1 and Mk2 mounts looks like.
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