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How to Replace Struts
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Will the front shocks and struts for a 1999 hyundai elantra fit on a 1999 hyundai accent?
Neither the strut assembly, nor the individual assembly components, for those two models in that year do NOT interchange in any parts catalogs and thus these parts cannot be interchanged on the two Hyundai models. YourMechanic can obtain the correct...
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Strut creaking when on an incline and turning steering wheel
Hello, thank you for writing in. Some noise is normal when struts are stressed out or pushed to limits. However excess noise is an issue, and it should be inspected. With the age of the vehicle taken into consideration, if...
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Is if safe to buy front strut replacemnts form an Autozone for my 2004 Nissan Altima?
Hello Bonnie, thank you for writing in. It is impossible to tell you if the repair is worth that price. Pricing will vary greatly overall depending on the amount of shops in the area and the expertise of the technicians....
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I have a 2003 CTS and when I take a turn it's making like a popping noise.
The noise could be coming from the struts or the suspension. Check all of the bushings and bolts to the struts and the suspension and see if anything is loose causing the front wheels to move around when turning. Repair...
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Which front shocks are best Mercedes W204 C200 Kompressor 2009 model with 130 000 kilometres odometer reading
You should use OEM (dealer supplied) parts in this vehicle. There is no substitute for the OEM parts in terms of fit, function and quality. Sachs shocks may be made in Germany. If they are made in Germany, they might...
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Why are my strut mounts failing
The shoulder on aftermarket struts at the top of the piston is sometimes designed such that you have to put a washer or washers underneath the strut retaining nut in order to properly tighten the piston to the mount. Also,...
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Most of my lights on the dashboard besides engine light are lit up and also there is a little moisture around the transfer case and oil plug.
The dash lights could be on for a loose or broken ground wire to the chassis. Check all of the ground wires on the chassis and make sure that they are tight and clean. The moisture on the transfer case...
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Can a shocks or struts that fits the 2003 Lincoln Navigator also fits the 2003 Lincoln Aviator?
Hello - no, the Navigator is built on the very large SUV platform build by Ford (Expedition), whereas the Aviator is built on the Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer platform. If you are having problems with finding shocks and struts for your...
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Is it safe to drive car with a problem with struts?
In all probability, the car is safe to drive but technically the answer depends on exactly what is rattling. Ordinarily, if there are rattling noises or noises from struts you can drive the car for a while while awaiting repair...
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Whenever i touch my car -Just a little touch the whole car shake as if it will turn upside down.
Hello. It sounds like you have weak springs or struts. It is heard of for those to weaken and produce the concerns you speaketh of. Springs, shocks, or struts are suggested to be replaced every 50,000 miles. I suggest having...
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What parts are needed to replace rear struts? I have the strut and spring assembly and the boot mount replacement 1999 Lexus RX300
Hi there - you have the parts you need for strut replacement. For assistance, I recommend a strut replacement service performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem,...
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shakes really bad when driving
Hello. I suggest you have steering and suspension evaluation done on your vehicle. The shaking you are describing is likely coming from a control arm bushing, or shocks and struts. A technician should be able to pinpoint which component it's...
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Camber bolt stuck in struck to hub connecting bracket
If you referring to the camber adjustment, that adjusting bolt goes through the strut and the steering knuckle and is held on to the steering knuckle by a nut. If the nut has been removed from the adjusting bolt, you...
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Vibrating when I stop 2007 Chrysler Pacifica
Hello - if you mean that the vibration occurs while braking, irregular brake pad deposits on the rotors (sometimes referred to as "warped rotors") are the likely cause. Worn suspension struts and/or loose steering links make this problem worse. Resurfacing...
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Does my 2008 Kia Sedona have shocks or struts?
Your Kia has struts in the front and shocks in the back. The original equipment part numbers for the struts are 546614D101 for the right hand side and 546514D101 for the left hand side. The part number for the rear...
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Can I get front struts for 2013 Kia optima 2.0 turbo somewhere other than dealership?
Front struts on this vehicle are only available from the dealer. Rear shocks are available as aftermarket parts but I recommend you buy the rear shocks from the dealer as well. Although this may seem disappointing, and the cost is...
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Where does the comfort ride plug in to the strut on a 1997 Lexus ES300
Hello. Yes, the ride control system will plug into the top of the struts. That is where the struts are adjusted by the computer. If there is nothing on the top of the struts then someone may have removed them...
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Coil spring making noise when turning a steering wheel 2012 Kia Sorrento
Hi there - the noise you describe while turning the steering wheel is due to a worn strut bearing plate, or one that needs some grease (replacement still required). These bearings do take the load of the vehicle through the...
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After changing my struts on 2010 Focus my front end had dropped I can't see my hood when driving.
The struts that were installed in the car may have been the wrong style or the wrong design for your vehicle causing the front end to drop down more. Usually the front end would rise more as the springs would...
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I have already purchased the front struts I just need them put on. How much will labor cost me?
Hi...if you input your vehicle data (year, make and model) and your location at the strut replacement service page, you will get an exact estimate. You are welcome to buy your own parts and book a certified mechanic from YourMechanic...

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