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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-26-2012, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Question Leaking Struts Need Advice!?!

So Last week I when to Midas to get new brakes for my 06 cobalt. Then the sale person called me out no where telling me that my struts were leaking. I then asked him how much would it be. He told me that it would be 1,072 dollars in repairs.

I don't know much about cars but I feel that I am getting rip off. I am planning on getting the parts and asking a friend of mine if they can replace the struts.

* What website can I find struts replacement? or if you guys have any input I will very much appreciated it




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Yeah, that's a ripoff. you can probably buy the FE5 ss struts and have them installed by a friend for less than $600. Let me look before giving an official number though.

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thats a huge ripoff! Cobalt FE5 Struts and Shock Pkg FE5-S those would be awesome to get, that's the Cobalt SS shock/strut package and it will bolt right up when replacing em with your olds ones

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Quick install for someone with average car knowledge. If you were in my area I would do it for some craft brew and a couple bucks!


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gmpartsdirect.com. $86/per front strut, $50/per rear shock, $33/per rear spring, and $37/per front spring. That's for a whole FE5 Setup. This will cost you $436.93 before shipping for a better suspension setup than you have now. So yeah, $1k for suspension work is ridiculous.

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I would also be very wary of someone telling me my struts were "leaking" and then giving me a quote like that. Those types of one-stop-shops say a lot of things to drum up business. Take it somewhere else and get a second opinion. If they say they see a leak, ask them to show you. Clean it and then check there again later. If the strut is just a little damp, I wouldn't be too concerned. If it's dripping then I'd be more concerned. Like everyone else said, FE5 is a great upgrade. Get some help and do it yourself.

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You guys all post prices of parts online. Most customers want it fixed now, not in a week or two when online parts finally arrive.

Is that $1000 for struts and brakes? If so what brake work are you getting done? Still seems high, rotors, pads, and shoes for mine ran $300 which was $450 before my discount. Then $150x2 for each strut. Plus 2hrs for brakes and 1.5 for struts...so around here its about $1000 with labour. All depending on part quality and if you can do it yourself.

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I payed about 320 in brakes- I got the ceramic brakes pads and had to replace the brake fluid. And they cleaned the back brakes.

In addiction to that they gave me an estimation for the struts replacement for about 1072 with labor and parts.
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If your just looking to be safe,you can go to advanced auto and buy 1 rear sensa trac shock for $40 go home,loosen lugs,jack up car,take off lugs,remove wheel,place second jack under rear spring mount of leaking shock,loosen and remove top and bottom shock bolts,pull shock off,attach top of new shock,lower the second jack under hub until you have enough room to get the shock lined up to put bottom bolt back in,tighten bolts,remove 2nd jack,put wheel and lugnuts back on,lower and remove first jack and Bob's your uncle your done. Rear shocks are as easy as an oil change,just have confidence in yourself and do it. Plus you'll feel great knowing you learned something new and saved $a ton of money. Good luck!!

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Oh I just look at the estimation paper it also includes a sway bar link kit right front.
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