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how difficult is it to replace from struts and rear shocks in my oldsmobile aurora 4.0 ?
Hey there. If you're using one of those "quick strut" complete assemblies for the front, then you don't need anything special, although an impact gun and/or ratchet is helpful. Rear shocks are just as straight forward. If you would like...
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Driver side rear shock is leaking oil the set only has about 2500 miles on them? they are coil over shocks.
Hello. A shock is not always bad, but if you see some residue oil leaking from the shock then it may not be functioning fully. If you see a really wet and dripping shock, then it should be replaced. The...
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When do I replace my struts/shocks? They've never been replaced.
The suspension should be inspected at every regular service. You should only replace the struts and shocks if it's necessary. There is no set scheduled interval to replace them. They usually last 6 to 10 years in your case they...
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Does my 02 civic have shocks or struts or both?
Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 2002 Honda Civic. Your car has struts all the way around. There are pros and cons to lowering your vehicle. Make sure that you consider everything before moving forward with this modification!...
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Am I looking at the right thing for my car?
Hello. My research indicates that those should be the correct replacement shocks, as long as the vehicle is not a Civic SI. These shocks will fit both the sedan and coupe versions of that year's Civic, however they will not...
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Will shocks from pre runner fit on sport?
The Sport package includes a different suspension package from the factory. Assuming you are working with shocks from the same year Tacoma, these should fit your truck. The Sport model typically comes with heavier duty shocks and is usually a...
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Pretty bumpy ride - are struts and shocks the same?
Hello. A bumpy ride can be caused by a wide variety of issues. Shocks and struts are two different names for the same suspension component, the shock absorber. Shocks usually have a built in mount for coil springs, while struts...
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Suspension system on 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Shocks and struts perform the same job - to control the ride. They just have different designs for different suspension applications. Your vehicle has struts on the front suspension and shock absorbers on the rear suspension. Note that, depending on...
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Do i have to change my shocks and struts to get lowering springs, or can i just get the lowering springs?
It is generally recommended that you change the shocks/struts when you use lowering springs. Your stock shocks and struts are designed to operate up and down in the range the stock springs provide. Lowering springs are shorter than stock springs...
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Had front struts replaced, would the coil be replaced as well? The coil doesn't look new
Hello. Changing the strut consists of just that, replacing the strut. This is the center part that looks similar to a shock. If you were expecting more then the strut, then it would have been a more expensive job. What...
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How do you determine when it is time to replace the rear shocks?
Hi there. As a former Lexus master technician I used the leak criteria guide provided by Lexus for the technicians to determine when to replace the shocks and struts. The guide had levels ranging from 1 (no leak) to 5...
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my coil spring is corroded and i want to buy the part but I can't identify the exact name of the part i know its a coil spring
You should get the new coil spring with the coil spring insulators. I would recommend replacing the front shocks and sway bar links with bushings at the same time.
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Can I replace suspension springs to soften ride?
Hi, thanks for writing in. You may want to check into the different Sena-Trac rear shocks for the vehicle. The shocks may soften the ride. These vehicles are known for a harsh ride and these shocks may help. If you...
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Shocks
As long as the shock fits without hitting any components you should have no problems.
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I need to know if the springs on my poli classic needs fixing please
Hello there, vibrations and bumps felt through your 2007 Volkswagen are common as the vehicle ages. By replacing the struts you are off to a good start. There are a few other things to consider, a broken or worn spring,...
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Rear end noise when going over bumps
You will need to replace the rear stabilizer bar, bushings and brackets using a new design part number from Mazda using kit part number B3Y0-28--10X. This is a new design that will fix the noise you are having. The part...
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Is it Shocks to Struts?
Your Corolla has struts in the front and rear. Creaking sounds can be because of any number of suspension links - sway bar links, control arm bushings, spring seats with worn out runner liners. Finding these sounds can be an...
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Periodically vibrating steering wheel at interstate speeds
Vibration at that speed is often related to the tires. It could be that one or more of the tires are out-of-balance, or that they have worn unevenly and now have a bad pattern worn into them. Vibration can also...
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Shock absorbers
Gas charged struts and shocks will extend by themselves and hold extended pressure as long as the strut or shock is good and holding pressure. You should be able to push in the shock or strut with some applied pressure....
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ABS light comes on sporadically and the right rear suspension shock absorber is leaking.
Hello. Best first step would be to get an ABS scanner hooked up and extract the problem codes from the ABS system. This may be as simple as a malfunctioning wheel speed sensor. In N. America, this model (badged as...

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