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What is this discussion about?
Performance Mods, Suspension
This forum is to discuss shock/strut problems and how to best deal with what is becoming a rather expensive replacement item on cars approaching 60K-80K miles. Are products sold by chain stores just too cheesy to give decent performance? Is it worth upgrading shocks and struts if you are a more or less docile driver? Is OEM a rip-off for what you get?
Let's hear your ideas and experiences.
#175 of 190 Sears no longer honoring Monroe wearout warrany
Jun 21, 2010 (8:17 am)
In 2005, I had Sears replace the original shocks on my truck with Monroe SensaTrac shocks. After 70,000 miles, they are now worn out. According to the Monroe Warranty, Monroe says they will warrant any worn out shock, for any reason.
However, Sears WILL NOT warrent them unless they are leaking or broken.
In talking with Monroe, they now acknowledge that Sears will not warrant their shocks for wearout, and they are done trying to work with them. Monroe says to try and see if any other local shop will honor the warranty, and if not, then have them replaced, and Monroe would pick up the cost of the shocks after I return the shocks to Monroe. Monroe will pay for shipping them back.
So, if you go to Sears to buy Monroe shocks, expect a problem if you think they are worn out, but are not broken or leaking. According to Monroe, this is the ONLY retailer that they have had this problem with.
#176 of 190 Re: I can understand.... [alcan]
Dec 25, 2011 (4:25 pm)
I went for top oxygen sensor replacement. Mechanic told it will take 45 min. He told me you can come in the evening. I said it is ok. I will wait and take it and go. He sprayed penetrating oil, took it out and put the new one in 5 min. then he asked helper to test drive this, go for 20 min test drive. Helper was back in 2 min, Mechanic shouted why you are back so soon. The helper said, why do we need that long test drive for sensor replacement and we do not need a test drive also.
Better to buy complete struct assembly from monoroe. Its $20 more than this, but should not take more than 15 min for honest mechanic. It some one take more then he is also like my oxygen sensor replacement mechanic.
Even all the description does not take more than 20 min. If it is 1 or 4 there is not much paper work. It will not take an hour.
#177 of 190 Re: Shocking [bottgers]
Jan 12, 2012 (3:51 pm)
Back in l982, I took my '78 Dodge Aspen wagon to Midas to have new brake pads installed. they called me to say the brake hoses were rotted and by the time I got out of there, the bill was 325.00...expensive for l982 since that was about my week's salary at the time. needless to say, I have never gone back to Midas since then. I have found places like Meineke much more reasonable and without the Midas mentality of trying to upsell you on stuff you don't need.
#178 of 190 Wide Price Difference
Jun 13, 2012 (3:01 am)
Recently, I bought new struts and shocks for our 2006 Chevy Uplander with 167,500 miles from a local parts dealer. I was shocked at the price difference in buying the parts first, then bringing them to my local mechanic versus just going to the local tire shop. The whole job to replace both front struts and the rear shocks was about $ 850. The local tire shops wanted $ 1,375. The replaced parts were original and held up well, but I'm really looking forward to using my new Monroe SensaTracs. We're trying to make it to 250,000 miles. May need to replace the sway bar next.
#179 of 190 Re: Wide Price Difference [alchip]
Jun 13, 2012 (10:19 am)
No kidding on the wide pricing difference. I went to shockwarehouse.com and found the complete replacement cost for replacing both front and rear to be around $240.00 for monroe sensatrac.
http://www.shockwarehouse.com/index.cfm?mode=results&selected_model=223652&selec- - ted_year=2006
If you have the rear air shocks, that would increase your cost by $70 to $310. Where did you buy those replacements anyway?
And why would you need to replace the rear sway bar? Barring a catastrophic collision, the sway bar should last the life of the vehicle. Now the bushings may be another story.
#180 of 190 Re: Wide Price Difference [obyone]
Jun 14, 2012 (6:12 am)
The replacements were purchased at Advance Auto Parts, on-line. They had a May special (15% off) with a $ 50 off coupon later if I spend another $ 100. I believe the sway bar to be replaced next is in the front which retails for about $ 50. I've had 2 different shops tell me it's time for the sway bar to be done. I must admit, replacing these items is beyond my facilities. I just don't have the bay and tools so I have to trust that others are telling me the truth. So I go for the multi-opinion approach on whether something needs to be done. Thanks for the idea about the bushings. I'll look for that next.
#181 of 190 Re: Wide Price Difference [alchip]
Jun 14, 2012 (9:22 am)
I agree with obyone about the sway bar. It's just a thick metal bar that twists slightly when the vehicle leans, and really doesn't have a wear out mechanism, short of a total failure (breakage). The bushings are another matter, and it's fairly common for them to wear (that's what the sway bar twists inside of) and have to be replaced.
#182 of 190 Re: Wide Price Difference [srs_49]
Jun 14, 2012 (6:10 pm)
Thanks again for the advice. Again, as I mention, I really have not had the pleasure of lifting our vehicle up on a hoist and checking it out myself. What would be really neat is if Edmunds could have videos by make, model and year of vehicle, along with how to do things like replace bushings. I've checked out some You Tube videos on auto repair but they are almost all not applicable to my vehicle.
#183 of 190 Just the struts or whole suspensions
Mar 18, 2013 (12:33 pm)
I have 2004 civic with 160 k's on it. my ride is very stiff i can feel every single peeble under my tire im thinking to soften my car up. i have got checked my cars tire and suspension and theres nuthing wrong with them except that they may be worn out. now my concern is shuld i jus replace the struts or shuld i got for whole suspensions? would i be able to get some smoothness just by replacing struts ?
#184 of 190 Re: Just the struts or whole suspensions [azfar]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 18, 2013 (2:34 pm)
That depends on the quality of the struts you buy--what you want is a compliant strut, a "touring" grade, not a "sport" strut. Probably for your car KYB is a brand to shop. Bilsteins are oustanding, but very expensive.
If the struts don't do it for you, you can install softer springs and even a smaller sway bar.