Isn't that the issue with retaining the jounce washers when installing the SMaxx kit? I didn't think it was possible to replace the jounce washer with the assembly in place. I thought you had to remove the strut assembly and compress the spring in order to get the jounce washer off. I could be mistaken...The issue is that horrible squeak I've referred to many times on here. That washer rubs up against the "well" it's in and causes a loud squeak whenever I go over potholes/bumps. It hasn't really started making tons of racquet yet but I can tell it's rubbing already. So when it does start to squeak I just wanted to know if it's ok to remove it on the vehicle instead of having to take everything apart again. Figured I'd remove it and grind it to a smaller circumference.
I just last weekend replaced the mounts and struts so there no corrosion issues whatsoever.
I know this comment isn't completely directed towards me but, that's exactly what I did after I installed the Smaxx kit last summer. And this top washer was the culprit. After replacing the oem struts with the Bilstein HD's I could see significant wear on the well and top washer.Hit the thing you're curious about with WD-40. See if the squeak temporarily goes away.