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post #1 of 9 Old 04-17-2015, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Leaking Struts - Possibly

I've been going to the same (non-dealer) garage for five years, but lately they've been making me feel like they're pushing repairs too hard. Today, I declined strut replacement as the service writer was unable to show me the leakage and the tech wasn't there. Supposedly, the front left and rear left were both leaking. If true, I agree all four should be replaced - if true.

Also, I thought $1500 was too much for the work; again, I thought things just weren't as they should be. I just don't trust them anymore.

Leaving aside my trust issues, if I find they were right about the leaking struts, what should four struts cost to replace at a reputable mechanic shop that isn't a dealer?

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wow that is way too much just for the struts. buy the whole assembly online and replace them yourself checkout DYI videos is not that hard of a job. I believe you are looking at 150 each side so it will be around 600 for the parts plus shipping from hondapartsunlimited.com, college hills, bernardi etc... you pick. Good luck and do yourself a favor run away from that place.

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OEM strut assemblies would cost $6-700, so that would leave $800 for labor, for something that should only take a professional few hours. But good luck finding a shop that will not bend you over. If they charge much less, they are probably using some cheap aftermarket struts.

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Do I need the whole OEM strut assembly or can I get by with having four struts only replaced?
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Do I need the whole OEM strut assembly or can I get by with having four struts only replaced?
It is best to get the entire assemblies replaced, because you will get all new springs and mounting hats. In addition, you may be able to save a little money on labor charges if you get the entire assembly replaced instead of just the shocks, since there is no spring compression required when replacing the entire assembly.

However, $1500 is a ridiculous price for 4 shocks, even at the dealer! When I needed my front shocks replaced last year, the Honda dealer quoted about $600 including genuine Honda parts and an alignment afterwards. I didn't end up having it done at the dealer, but I just wanted to throw that number out there to show you how outrageous $1500 is for all 4.

By the way, 7th gen Accords technically use shocks and not struts. Macpherson struts didn't make it into the Accord until the 9th generation . 7th gen Accords still use double wishbones at all 4 corners, with coilover spring/shock assemblies.

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Last weekend I replaced the entire strut assy. on both sides of the front end of my son-in-law's Mustang GT and I'd never done struts before. These were coil-overs too. The only things that weren't replaced were the coil springs. As noted above, it's really not that difficult of a job. You just have to be respectful of the springs when compressing them - there's enough energy being compressed to kill you or at least leave you permanently messed up.
Bought the struts, tie rod ends and stabilizer bar end links from RockAuto for a fraction of what they would have been at a Honda dealer or any shop for that matter.

Just did a quick check for struts for your car at RA.
They've got a strut kit which includes all 4 struts (OE Monroe gas struts, mounting kits and bellows & strut-mate bumper kit) for $299.00 - That's 1/5 the price you were quoted for those keeping score at home. I realize that doesn't include labor but c'mon... you have to figure they're getting their parts pretty darn close to that price so in reality, they're quoting you $1200 labor for a 3-4 hour job - hood up to hood closed.
If nothing else, at least do the rears yourself. They're super easy.

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By the way, 7th gen Accords technically use shocks and not struts. Macpherson struts didn't make it into the Accord until the 9th generation . 7th gen Accords still use double wishbones at all 4 corners, with coilover spring/shock assemblies.

Color me embarrassed - I knew that, and I recall shaking my head with sadness over the change to the Gen9...

The shop referred to them as struts, and I knew I didn't want to do struts, so the two parts of my brain didn't connect. I have done shocks and they're easy. My, oh my.

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It should be very obvious if they're leaking. This is what my front driver's side looked like when I got underneath it to check on the rattling noise was hearing over every bump in the road.
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An even easier way to check struts, rather than disassembling or climbing under the car is just by doing the "bounce check" on each corner. This isn't the definitive diagnosis test BUT it's a good starting point.

Sheit. For $1500 you could purchase some of the best coilovers AND get them installed Find a new garage.
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