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I have a 1998 Mercury Mystique LS Manual. I need to replace the rear strut assembly(I don't believe there are shocks and struts?) Anyway, the shock part is leaking oil on the rear drivers side so I'm assuming I need to replace this. It is also making a loud clunking sound when I hit bumps(Im assuming this is the unlubricated shock?) I need some help as I've read some conflicting articles. Thanks in advance.

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