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I've been hearing this "clunking" sound on the front left for a few weeks. Thought it was possibly a CV joint, so took it to the dealer yesterday. They tell me it is a bad strut and that I will need to replace both front struts at a cost of over $1000. The mechanic says there are not aftermarket shocks available so the parts alone are about $600. So first, can anybody confirm this is true? Second, I am very mechanically inclined so is this something I can tackle myself? Anything unusual with the procedure? And do I have to replace BOTH? Finally, would it be advisable to try to locate one or both struts at a salvage yard? Oh, one other thing...does anybody make a repair manual for this vehicle...other than the factory manual?
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