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post #1 of 117 (permalink) Old 03-18-2012, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Just about to turn 100k miles and wondering if anyone has replaced the OEM struts/shocks?

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Do you think your Enclave needs new ones? If the ride is still okay, I would leave them alone. If the ride is showing the wear and tear of the struts, then I would stick with OEMs to.preserve the original riding and handling characteristics.

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Just about to turn 100k miles and wondering if anyone has replaced the OEM struts/shocks?
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I noticed today that our fronts/rears make a sound going over speed bumps, and i was going as slowly as possible. Like a squish sound. I'm gonna assume it's normal, but I wonder if that kind of stuff gets replaced under warranty? Because they are wear items, just that imho shouldn't do it at 8k....

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Do you think your Enclave needs new ones? If the ride is still okay, I would leave them alone. If the ride is showing the wear and tear of the struts, then I would stick with OEMs to.preserve the original riding and handling characteristics.
My ride is still smooth and quite so I was just wondering....which raises an OEM question. Are all parts stocked/ordered by the dealer genune OEM?

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My ride is still smooth and quite so I was just wondering....which raises an OEM question. Are all parts stocked/ordered by the dealer genune OEM?
imho a dealership does not use anything but OEM. The problem becomes, at least with Nissan, they have a value line of OEM, which costs less and is not what the vehicles came with. This is because they want to compete with the Midas/Meineke etcs. of the world.

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My ride is still smooth and quite so I was just wondering....which raises an OEM question. Are all parts stocked/ordered by the dealer genune OEM?
I would expect that the dealers use only genuine OEM parts. I guess that you are just thinking ahead, since it seems that your car does not need replacement struts and shocks yet.

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Just about to turn 100k miles and wondering if anyone has replaced the OEM struts/shocks?
Not taking this too off track but I had to replace the front struts at nearly 80,000 miles on my 03 Saturn VUE in January. Hadn't planned on that but my mechanic Ted put OEM replacement struts and back on. We were noticing a noise and a vibration when driving and turning.

Not sure what the difference would be between the build of the struts so perhaps the Enclave won't need these replaced yet.

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It's difficult to assign a mileage to a shock or strut... some guidance is provided in the link:

http://www.tirereview.com/Article/87...nd_struts.aspx

Aside from obvious external fluid leakage, shocks and struts degrade so gradually, it can be difficult to assess when to replace them. The tires will begin to cup due to the shock/strut not be able to damp out the motion properly, for example, and "follow the road". A vehicle that carries heavy loads or pulls a trailer will typically wear out the shock/strut faster. Driving down a "washboard" highway during your normal commute will shorten the shock/strut life.

Overall, if you are 80k miles or over, your should have the suspension (shocks/struts) checked (and potentially replaced) to restore handling and save tire life.


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it may be difficult to asses if shocks have aged gracefully-- unless it totally fails.
But over 100K it surely isnt doing a job like it did at 5000.

It may still be ok-- but tired.

at 100K I would change them all out.
Thats what Ive done on my past vehicles- just change them out.

And as many of us have found- not too many people make shocks/struts for the lambdas--- you pretty much have to go OEM..

Ill tell you what-- the rears look to be very easy to change.

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