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Strut Mounts?

Alright guys well I know I need to do both front struts n both rear shocks. But after doing a little research im reading that the strut mounts commonly wear out as well, so is there anyway to tell if mine are wore out so I can order all necessary parts at ONE time? my car has a huge amount of sway in it at interstate speeds...she dances side to side worse then a drunk! the p.o. has 195 one the front n 185 on the rear so im sure that don't help so tires are next on the list as well as a front end alignment.
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So I'll assume it's a base with FE1, that would explain the sway. What's the mileage of the car if it's over 80 I'd just replace everything. CED sells a FE5 kit I'd consider.

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I would agree with andrewcarr1993 about going to CrateEngineDepot.com and look up their strut/shock combo for $339. Beats the dealership and lasts longer than Monroe and KYB. Plus you can add lowering springs and it will take the beating.

For strut mounts, I believe Moog offers strut mounts/Hats. Look for the plastic bushing which is commonly known to crack and break after a while on mileage. The moog ones come a urethane type of bushing which will last the lifespan of your vehicle

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So I'll assume it's a base with FE1, that would explain the sway. What's the mileage of the car if it's over 80 I'd just replace everything. CED sells a FE5 kit I'd consider.

Do you want the same ride quality or better handling? You could buy the FE5 suspensio
it is a base model...milage on body is north of 160k... bought the car with a blown motor replaced with a salvage engine that had around 90 on it.... What is FE1??? I know nothing about the specifics of these cars n honestly its just my commuter car to drive back n forth to work, so im not lookin to upgrade to performance anything I just want cheap n reliable... or as much as possible. im also not in the market to throw parts at my vehicle just bc.... so if u know of a way to check them ill check em if not ill roll the dice on my own.

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I would agree with andrewcarr1993 about going to CrateEngineDepot.com and look up their strut/shock combo for $339. Beats the dealership and lasts longer than Monroe and KYB. Plus you can add lowering springs and it will take the beating.

For strut mounts, I believe Moog offers strut mounts/Hats. Look for the plastic bushing which is commonly known to crack and break after a while on mileage. The moog ones come a urethane type of bushing which will last the lifespan of your vehicle
appreciate the help and the info. $339 seems high to me but I base that off the fact I can get the front struts n rear shocks for $150 minus coil springs... now I kno these wont be the quality that yall will recommend but again guys all I want is a proper working stock car... no lowering np performance upgrading, etc.... just a clean, good mpg car that drives good down the rd.

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that brings up another question I have tho.... how often do the actual coil springs wear out...should I buy struts w new springs or can I salvage the stock springs w 160k on em?

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Upper strut mounts will bind and make noise when you steer side to side if they are bad.

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just to warn you those $150 struts will act like $150 struts. The ones I was talking about is from the SuperSport Cobalt and its OEM. Rock Auto does have it cheaper like what bankerbalt said.

When you sacrifice money into fixing your car, you also sacrifice the quality of your car. Just saying if you buy those cheapo struts, they will probably last maybe a year or so, then you will back in this boat once again.

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Upper strut mounts will bind and make noise when you steer side to side if they are bad.
Thank you bud... this forum should have a thanks button bc I'd be getting one! Exactly the info I was looking for! So my strut mounts are fine bc I have no noise when turning.

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just to warn you those $150 struts will act like $150 struts. The ones I was talking about is from the SuperSport Cobalt and its OEM. Rock Auto does have it cheaper like what bankerbalt said.

When you sacrifice money into fixing your car, you also sacrifice the quality of your car. Just saying if you buy those cheapo struts, they will probably last maybe a year or so, then you will back in this boat once again.
Appreciate the advise n ya ur right I will no doubt be sacrificing quality goin yhe cheap route... but I literally paid $600 fer the car n 500 for the motor n the car body wise is in pretty awesome shape so my thinking is to keep the costs low on everything I can. Btw those struts are sensen name brand n come with a lifetime warranty so if they do fail in a year it'll be on their dime not mine.

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Just be careful on "lifetime warranties". Some manufacturers will have you ship it to them directly, they will have to examine it, then send you new ones. May take a few weeks or so to get new ones back. So being without struts/shocks will cause you to have the car on jack stands for quite an extensive time.

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