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Old 03-02-2016, 06:26 PM   #1
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I did some searching in here came up with some info. Want to get options.
Mine are leaking oil. I thought it was a bad break line local stealer ship said nope air shocks. So seems that the Monroe ma822 are the ones to go with correct? I didn't find anything in the how too category on this. Any write ups around? How easy is this to do? Easier thank a break job? Any other info is greatly appreciated.
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Just how much are they leaking?
I can imagine a little oil being in them, but not a lot.

I don't have access to your FSM, all I can find is a write up from somewhere like autozone, I can get that and post it for you, or you can sign up for free on their page, and get access to the repair guide afterwards.

| Repair Guides | Rear Suspension | Shock Absorbers | AutoZone.com

I am sure you could find a way around the need for tool J-23028-01 to hold the control arm, but I'd see if somewhere like autozone has it available to rent/borrow, it would make the job a little easier.
I did my rear struts not too long ago, it is not too tough of a job as long as you have the right tools.
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Just how much are they leaking?
I can imagine a little oil being in them, but not a lot.

I don't have access to your FSM, all I can find is a write up from somewhere like autozone, I can get that and post it for you, or you can sign up for free on their page, and get access to the repair guide afterwards.

| Repair Guides | Rear Suspension | Shock Absorbers | AutoZone.com

I am sure you could find a way around the need for tool J-23028-01 to hold the control arm, but I'd see if somewhere like autozone has it available to rent/borrow, it would make the job a little easier.
I did my rear struts not too long ago, it is not too tough of a job as long as you have the right tools.
Yea they are leaking pretty bad so bad I thought it was a broken brake line haha. I did some more searching and youtube has a few good videos and they seem super easy to replace. No special tools necessary. I will post the links below let me know if they are as easy to replace on my 03 SSEI as they are on the videos.
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It is pretty much that easy, I'll post the info on the job from AutoZone.
One question though, are you sure you want to go with the shocks selected, KYB makes some really good shocks/struts, but they are a bit more costly.

1. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.

2. Support the control arm with a jack stand.





3. Remove or disconnect the following:






1. To install:

Install or connect the following:
Shock, reinforcement, and the two nuts. Tighten the mounting nuts to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).

Shock cover

Trunk trim

Shock-to-control arm bolts and tighten the bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm)

ELC air tube to the shock.

Tire and wheel assembly
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It is pretty much that easy, I'll post the info on the job from AutoZone.
One question though, are you sure you want to go with the shocks selected, KYB makes some really good shocks/struts, but they are a bit more costly.

1. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.

2. Support the control arm with a jack stand.





3. Remove or disconnect the following:






1. To install:

Install or connect the following:
Shock, reinforcement, and the two nuts. Tighten the mounting nuts to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).

Shock cover

Trunk trim

Shock-to-control arm bolts and tighten the bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm)

ELC air tube to the shock.

Tire and wheel assembly
I really only drive it to and from work and every other week about 14 mile round trip per day to take the kids to day care. So I'm not putting to many miles on it. I haven't done these before so I'd like your input if they are worth the extra money. What do you think?
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I am sure they'd ride a bit better, but I am not sure they are worth spending as much as they want for them.
Being it is mainly a daily driver that you most likely drive normally, by that I mean no fast driving, cutting corners fast, running over bumps quickly, etc
I'd just go with the ones you chose, having kids I am sure makes saving money an important thing.
I went with Monroe struts for my rear end on my PA, and they do pretty well, they feel a little stiffer than I remember the OE ones feeling when they were newer, but the ride is still decent.
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I am sure they'd ride a bit better, but I am not sure they are worth spending as much as they want for them.
Being it is mainly a daily driver that you most likely drive normally, by that I mean no fast driving, cutting corners fast, running over bumps quickly, etc
I'd just go with the ones you chose, having kids I am sure makes saving money an important thing.
I went with Monroe struts for my rear end on my PA, and they do pretty well, they feel a little stiffer than I remember the OE ones feeling when they were newer, but the ride is still decent.
Ok thanks for the input. Not sure what I'm gonna go with yet but I will give an update when I do.
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Here is a post you might find helpful in replacing the shocks, I think the cost for both shocks were under $50.

https://www.gmforum.com/2000-2005-90...inutes-309199/
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I replace the rears on my 96' PA a while back.
I'll probably be replacing my front and rears on this 2006 Grand Prix GT soon, just depends as I have already spent so much on stuff for tuning it up, and what not.
The ride is still decent, but I am betting they are still original at 143k
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I wanted to go KYB, but I cannot find any KYB Quick Strut kits, my fronts need the strut mounts and all, so I figured that quick strut would be easier, as if not I'll have to rent the tool for the spring, and take a lot longer getting it done.

I found some decent Monroe struts, the two rears are 125.00 each on amazon with free 2 day for me.
And from RockAuto the rears are 277.00 total for both front ones shipped to me.
So 527.00 for all four, and if I use the mail in rebate I'll get all of them for 427.00

I am sure I could go cheaper, and get KYB, and rent a spring tool, I am just not sure what all KYB parts to order to be able to have all new parts to assemble the strut.
If I did I still could have trouble getting the top nut on the rear, having no vice made it almost impossible to do on my 96 PA...

I need to factor in a 4 wheel alignment when done, so I'd be at around 580.00 in the end, yikes...
I really was trying to keep what else I need at around 415.00 if I could...
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