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Rattle in front end on right side

I actually have two questions..just bought a 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5s..when you put the car in drive and have the a/c on there is a vibration that makes it rattle..I have narrowed it down to what looks like the compressor and the belt on that making the noise..doesn't make it at any other time...also I think it may need shocks but on the right front side when you hit a bump it sounds like its hitting metal to metal..would I be correct in thinking it may be the shocks????

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  • tsims Apr 16, 2009

    Thanks very much...I will take it to the shop for both because I have no idea how to do major mechanic work...but I wanted to make sure they didn't try to pump any extra dollars out of me...Thanks again....

  • tsims Apr 20, 2009

    LOL! Well me being a girl I don't think I better chance it....Thanks!

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Your on the spot on both.
make sure the shock is tight on both end and have a rubber bushing bewteen the car fram and the shock. then try the shock first. take a look at spring while you have it out.
change the belt on the compressor and make sure the pulley is square on the compressor, and the any other pulley the belt goes.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

  • Frank
    Frank Apr 16, 2009

    this is not really major job. it is weekend job, 6-8 hours first time around. 2 hours second time a round. have somebody do it the third time around.



    just kidding!

  • Frank
    Frank Apr 20, 2009

    labor for repair usually runs twice the parts. in other words to have the belt changed and nothing else is about $180. (belt is about $30, labor is about $90.)

    shock is hard to say, depended on what type. standard type is about $80 a pair. there for labor is about $190 @$95/hr.

    these are the low end prices for NY area.



    good luck!

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