New Shocks/Struts - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-17-2008, 01:48 PM   #1
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
Thread Starter
 
LeSabreUltra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Alabama
Posts: 494
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
LeSabreUltra is on a distinguished road
Default New Shocks/Struts

It seems like all the big expenses are hitting me at once, as usual...

I'm getting some strange clunks and a few strange vibrations from the front that are leading me to believe it'* time for a shocks/struts change all around on my 97 LeSabre. It has the Gran Touring suspension. My question is, how much am I looking to pay for this (Dealer charge, AutoZone parts with a $75/hr mechanic, and parts alone) and is it something I should even attempt to do myself?

It has 141,000 miles on it with no record of a change so I'm guessing they are probably due for replacement. Can't complain for how long they've lasted.

Once I get this and my pulley squeak fixed, my car should be good as new
.
.
LeSabreUltra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2008, 02:57 PM   #2
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Posts: 70
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
hvacguy is on a distinguished road
Default

Honestly at autozone you'll be lookin at about $350-400 in parts. I dont know about the other places because I always do them myself. I did my first strut job when I was 16, on my 92 lesabre. Im only 21 now and I've done it on three other cars. I would say go for it.
hvacguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2008, 03:38 PM   #3
BANNED
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 0
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
banned3800 is on a distinguished road
Default

I'd say for replacement struts get either the Monroe Matic Plus, or the Sensatrac...

Either strut will be well worth it...

__________________
Best Car Insurance | Auto Protection Today | FREE Trade-In Quote
banned3800 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2008, 04:12 PM   #4
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
Thread Starter
 
LeSabreUltra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Alabama
Posts: 494
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
LeSabreUltra is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for the help. I'll look more into buying the parts as soon as I have the money to do it.

Would this be something I could attempt myself with only a couple of ramps and jackstands? I assume I'll need to get the car aligned after I do it, right?

I'm probably going to need a lot of help about proper directions for removal, etc once I get closer. Unless my Haynes manual is really detailed about it, which I doubt.
.
.
.
LeSabreUltra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2008, 04:16 PM   #5
BANNED
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 0
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
banned3800 is on a distinguished road
Default

Your haynes manual won't be greatly detailed, but the H body suspension didn't change a great deal from 86-99( 85 for some )...

You will have to use a Strut spring compressor and you'll have to be very careful as you are doing this work as there is a lot of Pressure/Force involved.... I have actually had the top of the strut pop off and send the parts flying.... But I was not hurt due to the direction I had the assembly pointed and how I had my hand situated...

I have done a series of the H Body struts and its not that bad... But it does take you paying close attention to what you are doing..

And yes after the reassembly you'll have to have a 4 wheel alignment done...

__________________
Best Car Insurance | Auto Protection Today | FREE Trade-In Quote
banned3800 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2008, 04:20 PM   #6
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
Thread Starter
 
LeSabreUltra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Alabama
Posts: 494
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
LeSabreUltra is on a distinguished road
Default

How safe would something like this be?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/HD-9-...spagenameZWDVW

Or would it be better to spend extra and get something like this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/McPhe...spagenameZWDVW

I'd rather try to do this myself as I'm sure I'd get charged extensively no matter where I took this.
.
.
.
LeSabreUltra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2008, 04:38 PM   #7
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Posts: 70
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
hvacguy is on a distinguished road
Default

Last time I did my front struts, I rented the strut spring compressor from autozone. All you have to pay is a 40 dollar deposit or something. Just make sure the one they loan you isnt abused, when I rented one from autozone it was brand new, and very sturdy. The haynes manual is plenty useful. The hardest part will be getting the strut to knuckle bolts to break loose. You really need some PB blaster or equal penetrating catalyst. I would also replace all eight strut to knuckle bolts(2 on each wheel). the best way to break those loose is to use a breaker bar with an extension and support the middle of the extension with a jackstand. (you get some serious breaking torque that way) also dont use deep well sockets they will break.
hvacguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2008, 04:52 PM   #8
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
Thread Starter
 
LeSabreUltra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Alabama
Posts: 494
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
LeSabreUltra is on a distinguished road
Default

Ah yeah, I forgot about Autozone rentals. That'* a much better idea.

I have to be honest and say I have no idea which bolts you are talking about. Are those the bolts that attach at either end of the strut?

Might be best to wait until the time is nearer and take a picture of my strut. Fortunately, this is my weekend project car and not my daily driver so if it'* laid up for a while while I figure things out it'* no big deal.
.
.
.
LeSabreUltra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2008, 04:57 PM   #9
Senior Member
Posts like a 4 Banger
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Posts: 119
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
bsan63 is on a distinguished road
Default

You might also try the Monroe Quick-Strut for the fronts.

http://www.shockwarehouse.com/site/m...quickstrut.cfm

This replaces the springs and bearing plates at the same time.
bsan63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2008, 05:01 PM   #10
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
Thread Starter
 
LeSabreUltra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Alabama
Posts: 494
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
LeSabreUltra is on a distinguished road
Default

I like that idea a lot better.

I don't suppose there is anything like that for the rear? Or is the rear built differently? I know it looks a lot different but I haven't really paid much attention to changing suspension components before...

The back end also has the auto load leveling suspension. Will this complicate things?
.
.
.
LeSabreUltra is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How can u tell if u need new struts/springs and rear shocks 02SpcGhst General GM Chat 1 08-27-2009 12:44 AM
Replacement shocks/struts audifreek 1992-1999 7 05-08-2004 01:11 AM
struts/shocks for '92 SSE s/c - brand, part number, cost? billha General GM Chat 17 02-06-2004 06:40 PM
Shocks/Struts Boberle1150 Performance, Brainstorming & Tuning 3 09-18-2003 12:49 AM
Shocks / Struts thetinch 1992-1999 16 07-08-2003 02:34 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:44 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.