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Old 12-05-2012, 02:39 PM   #11
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Cupped tires aresometimes a sign of worn shocks/struts. How long has it been since your'* were replaced?

A loooooong time. Probably overdue.
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Cupped tires aresometimes a sign of worn shocks/struts. How long has it been since your'* were replaced?
I'm guilty on both worn struts and no rotate. We don't drive the car often and I figured the tires would rot before they wore out so I have been lax in rotating. Struts are worn out for sure, but considering cost and low car usage I'm not doing anything about it.
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struts are a ton cheaper than tires
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struts are a ton cheaper than tires
For a Park Ave? I know I priced them about a year ago, with installation, and said no way. What brand/model would you recommend?
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thats what i got for my bonnie, i like a sporty ride. if you want a more squishy ride you can get some monroes for cheaper. tires last time i got them were 150ea plus mounting and balancing
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KYB struts are much better quality than the Monroes, but if you really need to replace them, and money is tight, then the Monroes are not too bad, they will be an improvement over the worn old OE struts.

Are you comfortable with replacing them yourself?
If you get the quick struts the front are easy to replace, but the cheapest route would be to get the two MONROE Part # 71665 struts on wholesale closeout from RockAuto for 32.79, they are normally around 60.00.
You'd have to get a spring compressor if you're doing the job yourself, then when your done with replacing them all have an alignment done, in VA they are around 60.00, not sure in your area.

For your rear I'd go with these for the money, they are 54.79 on RockAuto for the pair.
Monroe MA822 Max-Air Air Shocks
If you do the rear I'd go ahead and replace the strut mounts, they are 15.41 each at RockAuto.

It should be around 230.00 - 250.00 total for all four, and the alignment, if you do all the work yourself,
If you don't have a spring compressor you can find them for a decent price on Harbor Freight Tools website.
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the parts stores rent them for free if you pay for the tool deposit and you get the whole deposit back on return. thats what i did the first time.
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Really appreciate the info guys. How is working with this spring compressor? I've noticed the size of the rear springs. Something going wrong might ruin a day. Or two!
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rear i thought they were air springs, you have air ride? if so its like doing a shock except the bottom is two bolts.

working the compressor isnt a big deal unless you dont respect it. i go slow and use a box or ratchet wrench and you have to remember to tighten and loosen them equally, do you have a impact wrench?
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Really appreciate the info guys. How is working with this spring compressor? I've noticed the size of the rear springs. Something going wrong might ruin a day. Or two!
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Check this video out for help knowing how to use a spring compressor for the springs on the front struts.

The spring on the rear should not need to be removed, if your rear end is like my 96', the springs on my rear are not a part of the strut, and they are not compressed.
As asked already, you do have rear air struts right, if you are not sure feel the strut near the top, or look to see if you see a small nylon air line running to it.

The 2 front struts that were on wholesale probably won't be on sale long, so if you are worried about removing the spring yourself, I could give you the part number for the quick strut, it is going to be about 120.00 each though.
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