Greetings readers. Long time ETCG lurker here, with a question about my 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD suspension.
I was in the process of replacing a clattering upper control arm when I ran into trouble removing the strut. The pinch bolt came out fine, but the lower bolt going through the fork and the lower arm gave me a hard time. When I finally got it out, the fork went *PING* and the right side bent upward toward the hood. The strut was still connected to the tower at this point.
Upon removal, it appears that the strut fork was bent. I got a replacement one that is just a bit too snug for the strut, but isn’t bent (see pics).
My question is, am I okay hammering this onto the strut with a rubber mallet, or should I try to pry it open a little bit? Thanks for your help!
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