the weather here droped to minus 10 degrees. My wife hit a large bump of snow at the entrence to the driveway. the front of the car will now bounce up and down every time you hit a small bump. it is a all wheel drive 2005 chevy equinox. the car is now up on a jack with all weight off. The shock has oil all around the outside, I asume it has ruptured its seal, probobly due in some part to the excessive cold weather. The top nut for the shock has been removed and it droped about 1/4 inch. I will replace it as a strutt unit. And will replace both the left and right side.
Monroe Sensa- trac strut part number 72209 or other if you recomend.
Ok you are going to need a spring compressor for sure. Here is how to remove the complete unit.
Notice: Do not allow the absorber rod to rotate during disassembly/reassembly. Use hand tools to keep the absorber rod from rotating. If air tools are used, and the rod is allowed to rotate, damage to the absorber may occur.
Important: Leave the spring in the spring compressor.
Notice: Do not handle the top mount assembly by the plastic portion. Handle the top mount assembly by the metal portion when removing/installing the top mount from/to the strut assembly. Holding the top mount assembly by the plastic portion may loosen the snap fit of the bearing components and cause the bearing to fall apart.
how many hours labor would I be charged to have this repaired at a shop? how much will I save by doing myself
your procedure was very good thank you I will accept your answer and thanks for the help.