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1990 Camry -- Serviceable or non-serviceable struts ?

The rear shocks in my 1990 Camry LE 4 cyl. need replacement. However the parts suppliers list 2 replacement types: "non-serviceable" and "strut inserts" (serviceable). How do I know which type my car has? Can I tell from the VIN code or do I have to get a mechanic to physically examine what's on the car? Thanks.

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Serviceable struts will be determined once they are removed from the car

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I use the same model of car with you. It is a non-serviceable part that you use in the replacement of your struts.

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