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Old 07-08-2011, 01:32 PM   #1
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Default New Front Struts and Bearing

So I have had this annoying creaking noise since January and while my steering rack is leaking, it turns out that it is the left front strut bearing. I could get that one bearing replaced for $230 or so, and the front left strut and bearing for $300 or so. Since I am getting the labor done on one, I was going to do both front struts. My oems have 93k on them and I think the ride is fine, but I wanted advice on whether new struts would be worth it, and if so which ones. I was quoted $540 for 2 Monroe Sensa-Trac struts, the bearing and installation. Also, should I do the mounts as well? Are kybs better...there are allot of things up in the air so I could use some advice!

ps, I was going to have a local mechanic that is a fair and good guy do it, but Blain's farm and fleet has a $49.99 per strut installation coupon. Places like that scare me but..If they mess it up won't they have to fix it? Looking to save $$.

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Old 07-09-2011, 11:18 PM   #2
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Default Re: New Front Struts and Bearing

replace it all, I did the kyb and it was a pretty easy job. you can rent a spring compressor. I took my time and it took me about an hour each side in a garage using a jack etc.....

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Old 07-10-2011, 11:26 PM   #3
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Default Re: New Front Struts and Bearing

I'd be tempted to just do the bearing. I have run a couple of cars to 300,000+ km with the factory struts and they were fine (including the 2000 LS1). I recently helped my neighbour change a strut bearing on his Jetta with no strut change and it has been fine. You should allow about 2+ hours for this job. It is a good time to pick up a spring compressor. This is a tool that will last a lifetime and get repeated use. Two rentals will pay for the tool. Not all of my struts have survived the life of the car.

BTW, the front struts on the L are much easier to get apart than on the Jetta.

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Old 07-11-2011, 04:53 PM   #4
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Default Re: New Front Struts and Bearing

Thank you for the input. The struts feel fine so far, and I didn't want to spend all of this money on them just yet. I am going to have the mechanic do just the bearing, and since I figure it will take an hour or 2 I expect it to cost around $150 including parts. I'll let you guys know his exact quote when I get the call, maybe you could give me input on the price. ThankS!

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Old 07-13-2011, 11:00 AM   #5
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So JUST for the strut bearing being replaced (Says his book says 2 hours) it will cost me $250. Same labor if I get 1 strut replaced, but 1 strut? I feel like that will throw things off, PLUS I would need an alignment..help!

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