Hey Guy's, My daughters 05 4cyl with 50k has leaking struts. Planning on replacing both myself with Monroe Sensa Trac Cartridges . What , if any , problems should I expect , isn't this a little early for this repair ? Vehicle is used normally by a college student, I think ! My mechanical skills should be up for this , also I'm in the auto parts retail industry. Thanks, GF Haile
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i'm not sure that you have "air " shocks or struts , follow this link to an automotive parts site , put in your vehicle details and it will show exactly the type of suspension components you require Replacement Parts Car Parts and Truck Parts
First try to check availability of the "Quick Strut" These are available for some cars and trucks from different manufactures...ie, KYB, Carrera, Monroe, and others...the quick strut is the complete replacement assembly...you just need to mark all locations...unbolt, and insert the replacement quick strut that includes the spring and all bushings, and boots...if the "Quick Strut" is not manufactured for your Acura...you need to consider having the replacement struts installed by a shop...the springs have to be switched over, and special (and dangerous) compression tools are needed to take apart...and reassemble...you can borrow the needed tools from many auto stores...but again, not recomended for safety reasons...you will need to have your alignment checked after replacing the struts...needed adjustments left unchecked will "chew up" tires right before your eyes...Hope this helps.
Odds are, at 120000+ miles, it could well stand some new struts.
A Monroe "Quick Strut" will probably run in the neighborhood of 225.00 / each. Be sure to replace both....don't do just 1.
Labor to install probably around $300 and don't forget alignment @ around $80.
All together,(parts, labor, alignment, etc.) you could be looking at $830.
To save money, you could possibly get just a replacement cartridge, rather than a complete new strut (spring and all) for around $75 each, but may incur a elevated labor due to having to dis-assemble / re-assemble the strut assembly.
(1) Your front struts are worn out or leaking; or,
(2) Your driving style is too aggressive or loads too heavy for your stock suspension to handle.
Jack the front of the car up and remove each front wheel. Look at the strut body to see if there are any signs of leaking fluid or if anything is broken or otherwise amiss. If the struts are leaking, then I suggest you replace with something other than standard replacement Monroe shocks (either Blistiens or Ranchos). If the struts are not leaking, then maybe your driving style is too aggressive for the stock suspension. If this is the case, then upgrade as necessary or change your driving style. Front suspension upgrade would start at $700 and go up from there depending upon the modifications.
monroe shock and strut recommends 50k miles for shocks, 80k miles for struts. but they sell struts. if they are visibly leaking, with an oily film building around top of strut, replace them. if the tires are cupping in the center of the tread, replace them. if the car seems to have a bouncy ride and take a while to settle out after a large bump, or if you push down on each corner of the car above the wheel and it bounces easily, they probably need replacing
I actually used to Work at the Plant that Produced these in Oklahoma. The Sensa Trac Struts are a LOT better and have a Different Mixture of Gas in them to Provide the Best Comfort and Ride. The little bit Extra for these will be Worth your$$$$. Please Rate My Response! Thanks!