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Old 08-28-2006, 12:05 PM   #1
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Ok, i asked about this somewhat about a week ago, reguarding the CCR option. Now that i know i can't get replacement struts that will keep the CCR option what would be good ones to look at getting. I've notice that the compressor is running a lot more now. I put a bag of clothes i had from a weekend visit to my girlfriends in the trunk and the compressor went on. I parked here at work and got out and it went on... I'm thinking that something is leaking somewhere.

So whats good to get? and will they even have to use the compressor (for ELC) or will that just be for the trunk inflator thing now?
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Monroe Sensa-Tracs are available with the ELC support.

When I finally do all of mine,I'm going with them,since the Reflex aren't available anymore
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Ok, i asked about this somewhat about a week ago, reguarding the CCR option. Now that i know i can't get replacement struts that will keep the CCR option what would be good ones to look at getting. I've notice that the compressor is running a lot more now. I put a bag of clothes i had from a weekend visit to my girlfriends in the trunk and the compressor went on. I parked here at work and got out and it went on... I'm thinking that something is leaking somewhere.

So whats good to get? and will they even have to use the compressor (for ELC) or will that just be for the trunk inflator thing now?
well have you tested you system for leaks???? why dont you do that before you spend cash on struts.....i would test all the fittings...i had a small problem when i first assembled everything on my ELC system as the rubber seals on the airlines had become dry and i had a small leakdown problem.....go around with soapy water and spray all the fittings, at the compressor and the struts....the compressor running is a normal thing....the ELC arm wants to be happy and its Very sensitive and when its not it kicks the compressor, i have sat in the drivers seat in my car and the compressor has kicked in

do the test with the soap first
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Testing for leaks at this point is really a moot point considering the age and miles on his struts (assuming they're OEM). Unless the leak is somewhere other than the strut air chamber of course.

REMEMBER! ELC struts are STANDARD GAS-CHARGED struts with ADDED air chambers for the purpose of load levelling. They DO add some performance stability.

ELC struts are NOT air struts. They're air-assisted GAS struts. In other words, your struts can be shot and worn to bits in the GAS sense, yet have no ELC leaks. Or the other way around.

These are often overlooked facts.
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Well put, Bill!

I think that is the simplest and most straightforward way I've heard that explained.
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agreed that is great facts.....i think that needs to be added to your ELC page Bill....

i would still test the system for leaks...but that is just me
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Thanks for the Strut lesson Willwren! That really clears some things up for me. They are still origral struts with 111,000 miles on them too! so i'm sure suprised that they are on the way out.
also, There is a place that my mom takes her Bonneville that will do the struts for a really good price and they'll check for leaks too. they did my moms leak check for free! I know i could handel putting them in myself but now its a matter of time more then difficulty. what should i expect to pay for struts, parts no labor?
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Well I just put out $430 for front Sensa-Tracs struts and the doughnut gasket where the manifolds meet the downpipe. They ride great, and I love them. Now I just gotta come up with about the same for the rears. Maybe someday after I add the Accel injectors, the MSD coilpacks, front wheel bearings, headders, and A JOB! LOL Well anyway the Monroe'* are very nice.
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Well I just put out $430 for front Sensa-Tracs struts and the doughnut gasket where the manifolds meet the downpipe. They ride great, and I love them. Now I just gotta come up with about the same for the rears. Maybe someday after I add the Accel injectors, the MSD coilpacks, front wheel bearings, headders, and A JOB! LOL Well anyway the Monroe'* are very nice.
YIKES!!!!

Hmm... better start saving!
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Struts and install should run about $250, but you'll need an alignment afterwards. Or you can find your best price on the 'net, do the struts (rears are easy), and then only pay labor for the alignment. You may need to adjust the ELC ride height afterwards. I did, and that procedure is now in Techinfo.
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