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front strut installation, is $250 a fair deal?

Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by Longbow, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. Longbow

    Longbow Millennium Member

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    Hi there! Just a question on how much to expect for having my Civic's 2001 model, front struts installation.
    The local shop nearest me is asking $250 for putting it on, on both side.
    I bought the parts (L & R struts) at NAPA coz I thought I can DIY it, but no, I find out quickly I'm not up for the challenge (darn tie rod won't come out).
    So, is $250 for the install a fair asking price?
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Powder

    Powder

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    Seems high to me. I did my Lancer struts with a floor jack and hand tools in less than 1 hour for the front.
     


  3. Longbow

    Longbow Millennium Member

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    Yeah I thought so too. I just found out about the tools I can borrow at Autozone. I think I'll give it another shot tomorrow. It just that the tie rod won't come loose. :(
    Thanks for the reply.
     
  4. davew83

    davew83 hhhhhhhhmmmmmmm

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  5. Longbow

    Longbow Millennium Member

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    North of Chica-go
    No, I guess not. :(
    I intent to click on the Car forum, but the cursor clicked here. I'm much better with a trigger...really. :supergrin:
    Mods please move this post. TIA
     
  6. J.R. Bob Dobbs

    J.R. Bob Dobbs Nerd

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    Tie rod ends usually require whacking with a hammer, a "pickle-fork" tool really helps (if one will fit, looks like a giant two-pronged fork) to get them apart. Goes together MUCH easier than it comes apart.
     
  7. Longbow

    Longbow Millennium Member

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    I bought and used that...It won't budge. :sad:
     
  8. Lone Wolff

    Lone Wolff Tire World...

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    Not sure if this helps or not, but I had same work done on my '99 in Dec 2006 for $177 labor only. I know labor costs vary depending on market and have gone up in two years, but $250 seems a bit high, but not so much as to be unrealistic.
     
  9. Longbow

    Longbow Millennium Member

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    North of Chica-go
    Pepboys did it for $100 for both sides. :)
    All is well now, ' rides smooth and no more noise when I hit bumps.
    Thanks for the help folks!