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Old 10-17-2011, 07:54 PM   #1
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Default 2003 SSei- Quality of new parts

I try to buy decent quality stuff when doing maintenance on the Bonny..

Bought a highend set of Bridgestone tires - they have had the 60 mph bounce since day 1.. Balance by 2 different shops on 4 occassions.

Bought Bendix ceramic brake pads with new Raybestos rotors.. One of the Raybestos rotors is warped, the Bendix pads squeal (backplate lube didn't help) and they click when you change directions in the car.. Failure #2..

Just bought Monroe MA822 rear shocks... 1 hour job max to install.. right.. I now have 3-4 hours tied up.. One of the shocks makes a bumping noise when bouncing the car, and rattles on washboard roads.. Replaced the mounts with Moog shock mounts and it made no difference, even tried tightening the top bolt and much as you can. Remove the shock, sound goes away.... I am at a total loss..

My question- This rattle and bumping noise on the one shock, can the shock be broken internally?
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The shocks are oil filled air shocks. I don't know what could rattle. It almost has to be mounting hardware. As far as the click, your calipers are rocking back and forth between the gear shifts.
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That'* what I figured, that they are oil filled. But dang, I can't get the one in particular to stop making noise! The bottom two bolts are pretty straight forward and I know are tight.. I have taken off the big washer and see the indent of the shock mount where I tightened the bolt...

I may put the OEM shock back on and see what it does, but thats the last resort... I hate I wasted $52 on un-needed shock mounts, and hopefully not another 50 on the shocks themselves..

Anyone have any tips on quieting a shock, let me know..


On the brakes. thinking about chunking the Bendix pads and getting some Wagners... Not like pads are that expensive. Surely one of these projects is going to go right.. LOL..
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Default Monroe ma822 poor quality. FYI

UPDATE: replaced the noisy Monroe ma822 shock with the factory shock (the one that wasnt leaking still had very good compression) with the same washer and nut and same mount, and NO noise.. Now I can hear the other Monroe making noise..

Yes, they were a direct replacement, but poor quality.. FYI...
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never heard anyone complain about kyb'*. ive used them on several of my vehicles and have been impressed. the only thing ive heard negative is when someone expects it to be more fluffy and they are generally more controlled handling. which is what i like, i didnt buy a caddy, i like my cars to turn.
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Followup- Well, not sure why I had issues with the new Monroe MA822 shocks rattling.. I went locally, and bought another pair of MA822 shocks (( didn't have time to send the original pair back to Amazon or buy another pair on the internet) due to two emergency trips in the car. On the 2nd pair, I did NOT connect the bottom two bolts until the top nut WAS SECURED FIRST. That fixed it.

Guess when I was snugging down the top nut on the first set, that was twisting/ruining the shock.. Then the rattles.

ARGH!- Two sets of shocks to get to the job completed.. Anyone interested in installing the MA822'*, Secure the top nut FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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