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    bobowens is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Replacing struts and shocks

    Replacing struts and shocks w/OEM or after market, what's your opinion?
    The Cad has 78k miles and I plan to keep it for many years I drive it about 10k per year with 5k of that on cross county interstate trips.
    Cad Dealer says OEM (of course) and there about $500.00 more than aftermarket. Aftermarket guy says use a harder shock/strut to compensate for older vehicle and worn rubber. These are non-electronic; I do hear a compressor type sound in the rear for a few seconds when I start the car. bob@bobowens.us


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    Re: Replacing struts and shocks

    I've moved you to the DeVille forum. I don't think you'll get the help you need in the VS forum.

    The above post is my 2 cents....nothing more.

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    Re: Replacing struts and shocks

    The sound you hear about 6 seconds after "start" is the rear level control compressor (ELC) doing a prove-out and shock boot preload. Good sound, and it's normal. (When it never happens then you have $460 problems). ELC is entirely different from.......

    The front struts and rear shocks are controlled by the CVRSS (Constantly Variable Road Sensing System) which adjusts oil valving to compensate for body roll, braking, and road surface changes. The system is also part of the vehicle Stability System. You either pay the $$$$ to keep it original or you go to passive aftermarket components and the car is no longer a Cadillac - it becomes a standard suspension sedan.

    Sit tight and phone Jake up in Canada at www.northstarperformance.com. He's currently working on acquiring some old GM suspension inventories.

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    Re: Replacing struts and shocks

    Thank you, I know my answer. It stays Cadillac


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