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Old 03-30-2006, 08:29 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,
I went to 2 different shops, one being Monroe, to see about getting my rear struts replaced. Both shops said that they were factory only.

What the heck do I have on my car? 96 Olds 98 Regency Elite. L36

As far as I know its just 2 air struts with ELC. I don't have any ride control buttons to indicate CCR, but I don't have the aux pump outlet in the trunk either, but I do have an airpump under the right rear of the car (condition unknown) and an ELC relay under the hood.

Any help is appreciated.
Anyone know the part# for a new or rebuilt airpump?

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I did a quick lookup on partsamerica.com and came up with tons of stuff.
http://www.partsamerica.com/ProductL...+Strut%2c+Rear

The compressor is probably best found at a junkyard, dealer or gmpartsdirect.com
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To buy parts, I need to know what I actually have under there. If its just air struts why would Monro tell me its factory only? Is there an uncommon suspension that I might have?
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Monroe still sells struts for your car. Go to their website.

Keep in mind the rear are NOT air. They are gas with air assist.

http://www.williamwren.com/struts/elc.html
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a 96 98 should have Load Level... The rear stuts should be the Gas charged with Air assist... They are a very common strut...

I do highly reccomend Monroe like Bill stated

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id go to sears autocenter and buy some sensa tracks for your car. they made a world of difference on mine.
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Thanks everyone. I didn't realize there was a difference between air and air assist. I got it now thou. Still don't know why they told me dealer only...
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