: Replace rear MRC struts, today



mckellyb
04-28-13, 09:11 PM
The title should be "Replaced"...my fingers still hurt from all the work I've done this weekend...

It was actually easier than I thought. Sure, I had to use a ladder to get in the trunk to get everything dis/reconnected, but it was worth it to have plenty of room underneath.

I can say, while I thought I had only one bad strut, in reality, both were toast, only the right one was leaking more. The top nuts are 13mm, the bottom bolt is, um, 13/16" or probably 20mm.

Pro Tip: If you do this yourself, be VERY careful removing the electrical clip on top of the strut, the metal wire part. If you drop it, it'll go forward, likely to somewhere under the rear seat, never to be seen again.

I was fortunate in that I managed to fish mine out with a telescoping wand with a magnet on the end.

One of the best things is, re-alignment is not at all required after doing this. The strut mounts to 'hard' locations.

The ride is, well...like it should be, though never really has been. They've been toast since about 100K miles, I'm at 110,500, today.

turnne
04-29-13, 10:03 AM
what did you pay for the struts?

did you replace the front



Warren

mckellyb
04-29-13, 12:10 PM
Did just the rears, as the fronts are both firm and don't appear to be hemorrhaging anywhere near as badly as the rears were. The RR on Pearl was effectively worthless.

Paid, shipped, just a tick under $1,200.

Shipping & handling was a joke, though they are technically 'hazardous' cargo. S&H was close to $250. Absurd.

dannyquest
04-29-13, 02:51 PM
mckellyb, What would be the cost at the dealer for parts & labor. Thanks, Danny

mckellyb
04-29-13, 03:06 PM
Parts, likely about $2K, locally (Fort Worth).

Labour...no idea, though I can imagine it's considered a three hour job by 'the book'.

Let me hazard a guess at $2500.

B1n2fra
04-29-13, 07:59 PM
Did just the rears, as the fronts are both firm and don't appear to be hemorrhaging anywhere near as badly as the rears were. The RR on Pearl was effectively worthless.

Paid, shipped, just a tick under $1,200.

Shipping & handling was a joke, though they are technically 'hazardous' cargo. S&H was close to $250. Absurd.

You over paid. I got mine for around 372.00 for the left and 390.00 for the right for a total of 762.00. The same fe4 suspension with the magnetic ride. I cross checked all the part numbers before I bought them. Original acdelco parts. Ebay is great.

DennisW
04-29-13, 08:08 PM
The book price for parts is front $491 each and rear L-$960 R-$902 with labor being 2.2 hours for the front and 1.1 hours for the rear. With the front replacement they also recommend an alignment. The local rate around me is $90/ hour so you are looking at $1180 for the front and $1961 for the rear bringing the total to $3141 not including an alignment, shop fees or tax.

Ludacrisvp
04-29-13, 08:22 PM
You over paid. I got mine for around 372.00 for the left and 390.00 for the right for a total of 762.00. The same fe4 suspension with the magnetic ride. I cross checked all the part numbers before I bought them. Original acdelco parts. Ebay is great.

FE4 is not MRC.
That's the spring package (mostly) for the V.
FE3 is non V spring package & F55 is MRC.

B1n2fra
04-29-13, 10:15 PM
Whatever, I put the wrong thing.

dannyquest
04-29-13, 10:32 PM
The bottom line is when its time to replaced the MRC- struts its about half the value of the car. Danny

EChas3
04-29-13, 10:36 PM
If it makes it handle almost like new, what's that worth?

Ludacrisvp
04-29-13, 11:02 PM
Whatever, I put the wrong thing.

I just don't want someone to be confused and do the wrong one.

mckellyb
04-29-13, 11:33 PM
Today I did my daily 60 mile RT commute.

Money well spent.

It's amazing what I've been missing.

B1n2fra
04-30-13, 01:27 PM
The bottom line is when its time to replaced the MRC- struts its about half the value of the car. Danny

Not necessarily true. mrc struts could be found from 450 to 550 a piece from some dealerships. ya that's allot of money but not half the price of the car. Within the next month I'll be changing mine.

RippyPartsDept
04-30-13, 01:50 PM
2007 rear F55 (Magneride) shocks are different than the 2005-2006 F55 shocks
they are cheaper by about $100 (dealer cost) which explains why B1n2fra got them cheaper

EChas3
04-30-13, 09:55 PM
^^^ That sure makes a guy wonder what the differences are and what codes might keep coming up if a DPO cut corners on a previous replacement.

RippyPartsDept
05-01-13, 09:39 AM
Dpo?

EChas3
05-01-13, 08:39 PM
Damn Previous Owner

RippyPartsDept
05-02-13, 09:57 AM
ahh.

skozzy
05-28-13, 01:41 PM
I have a silly question. I was going to buy the front MRC struts myself and have a friend who owns his own shop put them in. Then someone else told me he would have to have a special tool to do the work and I might as well just cough up the $1800 to have the dealer do the work. Is there any truth to that?

1BadCadSTS
05-28-13, 01:47 PM
The tool is probably a spring compressor. That's the only special tool I can think of needed for swapping shocks on the front.