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2001 Grand Prix SE 3.1V Struts / Replacement

Hello,I was wondering if you can help me?I want to replace the struts on my car.I don't want to spend the money for the complete strut assembly,but I pan to put new tires and get an alignment.I want to know if just replacing the strut and using the original springs will be fine.Thay appear to be in good condition/clean...Also, will the height of the car be effect (dramatically)Does anyone have the height specs?It's a 2001 G/P SE 3.1V that is in good conndition.It's starting to get into high mileage,but it still runs great.I'm debating whether it's necessary to spend money on it and the full strut assembly.It would be a shame if the the starter decides to just stop one day soon...

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Hello Struts!!!!
In response to your question regarding the struts..it is not necessary to replace the whole strut and spring assy when servicing a weak strut...unless the coil spring itself is incredibly weak or broken.You can remove the struts yourself and take them down to any auto repair shop so they can safely decompress the spring and install new struts.Be sure to inspect or replace your strut mounts with this same movement also. They become dry and start o crack with age and time. These are rubber mounted...that's why they tend to crack with time.If you have any other oncerns you are more than welcome to get a hold of me..HOPE I COULD HELP!!!

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When you replace the struts, the only ting they do replace is just the strut and the strut bushings. The old springs are used in the new struts, the other thing to if you do not have lots of miles on the struts in your car, they may be fine and you may only need to replace the strut bushings and sway bar end link bushings. With just replacing the bushings, you will find a great improvements to your suspension's performance. If you are worried about the starter, you can pick one up from the Salvage Yard for around $50.00 and keep it in your trunk or you can get a rebuilt for around $125.00. Good luck and keep me posted, be glad to answer any other questions you may have. I have a Jimmy and i replace the bushings with urethane bushings once the old ones wear out before i replace the shocks.

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