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Struts they tell me that I have a strut that is leaking and that it would be best to replace both of them. What range of money are we talking about?

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  • bbutler1027 Dec 29, 2008

    My car is shaking and making a noise they say it over 580 to fix is that a good price

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If your strut is leaking it is best to replace all four but what alot of people dont know that all pacificas have a self leveling system in the back basiclly its a nuematice that levels out the car to the road for 1 strut is 150-180 dollars i cant recall the exact price butg is is wise to replace both but better to replace all for and avoid the hassle later front shocks are 90 dollars dont wait to long to fix the problem it will get worse and more expensive in the long run keep in mind that the parts for this type of vehicale are maid by mercedes

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Yes struts and shocks must always be replaced in pairs or the handling may be affected adversely.

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