Re: I want to know if my 2003 Chevy Impala has shocks and...
There are 4 struts. the easiest and quickest way to replace them is to buy what they call a quick strut assembly. most parts stores carry them and they run about $160 each. the other alternative is to buy the struts, rent or buy a spring compressor if you dont have one and spend a few hours changing them.
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Call a Chevy dealership, ask for service department. Tell them about it and ask what you have to do to get the code. Also if it is n9ot a code then they may be able to help you out by giving you some suggestions, other than bringing it in to them.
open glove box, any car, extract , operators guide, behold there. no guide, oops. google it, all cars have it and are FREE. (safety reasons and laws) RTM. Google "chevrolet impala 2003 operators guide" or visit GM and ask , no kidding. never operate a car with out it.
The shocks and struts should be replaced every 80,000 miles unless there are sign's of fluid leaks. Monroe shocks and struts are one of the more popular Brand names out there. Good luck and shop around and remember, you get what you pay for so spending a few more dollars is worth 80,000 miles of use.
Behind the passenger side shock tower under a plastic cover about 6 inches over from the fender up where the wipers are. if you lay your elbow on the shock tower and rotate your arm to the driver side look at 12 30 like a clock
This can be a wide ranging price. Labor prices vary, and so do parts, and needed work to align. There is no way to adequately give you a quote without looking at the car, and talking to you about the level of quality of parts you desire. I would make sure you absolutely need struts, because with 58k miles is unlikely unless you have very bad roads you've driven on. The level of quality of struts varies enormously, and so does the price. At any rate make sure you don't pay for quality parts and get cheaper quality parts. (probably the first way a disreputable shop makes ill gotten money).
This model doesn't have shocks. It damps bouncing with McPherson struts. The front struts can have a new cartridge installed while in place, but it's an involved process. The rear struts have to be removed to replace the struts -- a more involved process that requires some special tools. The struts last a lot longer than shock absorbers, but are not nearly as easy to change when the time comes.