I feel the shocks or struts on my 2002 CLK430 cabriolet, 96,000 miles, are failing. There is a cracking sound sometime, when I cross the many bumps on our streets after the rough winter at slow speed. I'm thinking about trading and don't want to spend a lot on repairs. How serious a problem are the shocks if they fail? Would KYB Gas-a-Just shocks be better than OEM? Are struts and shocks integrated?... Wilhelm
Year: 2002Make: Mercedes-BenzModel: CLKEngine: 430 V8
Driving slowly over pot holes and avoiding them where possible.
Shock absorbers are considered to be wear-and-tear parts, and might require replacement around every 100000 miles depending on usage.
Failed shock absorbers will affect vehicle handling at high speeds and cornering besides the ride comfort. KYB absorbers are good, but they might not last as long or have the same warranty as originals. All in all it is difficult to say what is better.
In regards XXXXX XXXXX they might be caused by bad absorber's bush or some other bushing in the suspension, so i suggest to have this checked out before buying any parts.
If your CLK does not have a level adjustment system the shock absorber (aka strut) is separate from springs. This means it is quite easy to replace them, and besides the parts, the labor costs should not be to high (2-4 labor hours for usual repairs).
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