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I just noticed tonight that my car is making a creaking sound. It's coming from underneath the car in the rear half and is most noticeable when I'm driving slowly or turning (I don't notice it when I'm doing a standard highway speed limit). It almost sounds like walking on attic floorboards or like something is wound too tightly. I looked underneath the car to see if something was hanging off, but it looked O.K. I have a '97 Saturn SL2 with a rebuilt engine that was installed about five years ago. I looked online, and saw that my struts may need replacing. Could it be something else? And is there any idea on what the estimate would be if my struts do need replacing? Thank you for any help!

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Struts are good for 10 years or 100,000 miles at best. your car went past that long ago. i have had 4 saturns and i used half that age/mileage. you can buy a pair on ebay for less than 80 bucks, but spend another 50 and get "quick struts" which have new springs and mounts already installed as a unit, and they are much easier to change. if you bring your own parts, someone who knows what they are doing can do it for a hundred dollars labor, but you will need an alignment too.

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