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Thanks for the prompt answer. I had seen references to the snubber in some other forums.
How much skill is required to replace this part and are any specialized tools required?
I am mildly to moderately skilled mechanically and I do have more tools than most homeowners.
Or would you recommend only allowing a technician to replace this part?
One more question, Larry.
What would you expect (approx) total cost of the repair to be including the part cost for the snubber?
And what % of certainty are you that the snubber will fix the issue long-term?
I plan to accept your answer, btw. Thanks very much.
Thanks sir. I do appreciate your assistance. God bless you.
Larry (follow up),
Merry Christmas to you and your family sir.
Quoted shop prices for the repair were indeed between $120/140 parts and labor.
With your help, I purchased both the snubber and a new set of springs (6) for around $20 and did the job myself. Since I was going to have to release the springs anyway I thought I might as well replace them.
I gave myself an entire day to do it and went slowly. It probably took a total of around 4 hours.
It's now almost 90 days and still running fine. Thanks for your accurate diagnosis.