Was quoted $550 for two front struts, installed.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by troidus, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    With the need to replace the upper strut mount, I'll probably buy everything, including new springs, and preassemble the new struts so that the strut swap becomes a simple six-bolt R&R.

    When I had it aligned (5600 miles ago), the shop replaced the upper of the two strut-to-knuckle bolts with an eccentric, so I'll definitely have to have it aligned after reassembly. What I don't get is how the leaking strut was missed. It's wet clear down to the spindle, so it seems likely that it was already at least weeping when they were in there. No one said a thing.
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  2. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    I did some shopping around. Rockauto seems to have the best prices for my parts.
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  3. tvpierce

    tvpierce Been here awhile

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    Watch out for Rock Auto's "shipping and handling" charges. :eek1 They're rediculous!
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  4. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    You do have to watch for those shipping charges, some are worse than others.

    That's why I buy online with the discount, and pick up at my local store.

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    Mike
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  5. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    Good point on S&H. I'll keep my eyes open.
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  6. Desert Scoundrel

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    $550 sounds right inline. By the time you buythe struts, buy the spring compressor, buy a jack, buy a set of stands, buy all the hand tools needed to do the job and then do all the work, THEN have it aligned........

    $550 is cheap the way I see it:deal
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  7. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    I already own everything except the spring compressor. I even have a couple of pickle forks sitting around here somewhere.
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  8. Desert Scoundrel

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    Just an fyi, pickle forks are not the proper was to remove tie rod ends or ball joints. Use one of these instead. These will not damage the boot or the ball/socket:

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  9. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    That's fucking cool. Thanks - the next time I'll look for one.

    I"ve got to imagine they are like pickle forks in that they come in sizes for different rod ends?
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