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#1 Old 04-13-2011, 08:59 AM
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Do I need to replace boots & strut mount when replacing struts?

Thinking about replacing struts... first off, how do you know if you need struts or not? They aren't completely blown out to the point where the wheels are bouncing over bumps... but they aren't THAT comfortable for a luxury SUV... I can definitely feel the MO's weight these days and body roll is pretty significant.

I'm hoping that w/ new struts, body roll and drive comfort will get better. So I'm looking up prices on parts and I'm wondering if I need to replace the strut mounts and boots for all four?

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I'm thinking I need to do the same. (but only 40,000) How do you know if they are worn - and if you did it, what did it cost?
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lilfleck - How many miles on the speedo? Usually most manufactures recommend to inspect and replace around 60k. But that doesn't mean that they can't be replaced before that. The thing with shocks and struts, you won't really notice how bad they are until you replace them. I'd have the suspension check before buying.

StPeteJoe - They mostly affect ride and comfort and sometimes you'll hear a thumping noise when going over bumps. It all depends on the conditions of the road you usually drive onto and not so much about mileage.

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I am in the process of replacing my front struts. I ordered the KYB struts, boots, and strut mounts from Advance Auto this week. They are in-transit.

In my case I noticed a torn boot on the passenger side last year, followed by fluid leaking from the strut, and now shock-control is all but gone on that side. I have 57K on the odo.

I figure if you are replacing the strut ($119) you might as well replace the boot ($15) and bearing mount ($48).

For what it is worth, by mechanic quoted 2.2 hours for the job.

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njjoe, found KYB GR/2 struts - pass side $76, driver $92??? Did you pay $119 each? Also wondered why the price diff?
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when I did my struts, the front boots where all ripped and needed to be replaced. the rear boots are a much better design and don't need to be replaced when changing out the struts

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njjoe, found KYB GR/2 struts - pass side $76, driver $92??? Did you pay $119 each? Also wondered why the price diff?
$76?!?! That is a ridiculously low price. Does that include shipping? If not, how much does that add to the cost?

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I am a serial shopper. Cant' help but think there is a deal out there somewhere. Got all four, 2 shocks/2 struts $265. KYB G/2's. Now to get 'em on.
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The $265 includes shipping.
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Don't forget new boots.

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woossh, dang tell us where!!!

And how you like the ride with the new parts.
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innerauto.com Just ordered y'day so won't get them for a few days, but will let you know if they make a difference when installed. I did ask where they ship from and he said they have 50 warehouses so anywhere should be pretty quick shipping.

New customers get a 5% discount on their first order, if you ask for it.

Our Mo was feeling "Loose" on the road and if you hit a bump it could be felt thru the steering. Steering just feels sloppy. There could be other problems, but figure struts are a good place to start. I will do boots, but just get them locally.
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innerauto.com Just ordered y'day so won't get them for a few days, but will let you know if they make a difference when installed. I did ask where they ship from and he said they have 50 warehouses so anywhere should be pretty quick shipping.

New customers get a 5% discount on their first order, if you ask for it.

Our Mo was feeling "Loose" on the road and if you hit a bump it could be felt thru the steering. Steering just feels sloppy. There could be other problems, but figure struts are a good place to start. I will do boots, but just get them locally.
BTW--I have 130k on my '04 MO

I have the same sloppy feeling right now. The thing sways like its nobody's business. What's stopping me? Cost, time/labor, my struts are not leaking gas or completely blown (my wheels don't bounce when going over bumps--just uncomfortable and not smooth).

I wish I could compare to a new first gen MO. My Dad has a second gen MO that feels fantastic. They really refined the MO on the second gen... smoother steering, much softer ride, much smoother acceleration on low end, overall more comfortable.
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BTW--I have 130k on my '04 MO

I have the same sloppy feeling right now. The thing sways like its nobody's business. What's stopping me? Cost, time/labor, my struts are not leaking gas or completely blown (my wheels don't bounce when going over bumps--just uncomfortable and not smooth).

I wish I could compare to a new first gen MO. My Dad has a second gen MO that feels fantastic. They really refined the MO on the second gen... smoother steering, much softer ride, much smoother acceleration on low end, overall more comfortable.
You might try an alignment first.
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