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Replacing front struts on 2010 Elantra GLS

I have a 2010 Elantra GLS with 107,000 miles and the front struts are making a lot of annoying creaks and groans while driving. I don't see any fluid leakage, and the ride and handling of the car seem normal. I had the timing belt and a new water pump installed last week and the tech told me the creaking noise was most likely worn out front strut bushings and/or bearings. He checked the stabilizer links and ball joints and said they looked fine.

Any good ideas on brands for cheap but reliable front "quick struts"? These are the struts with springs pre-installed. I dont really care about a lifetime warranty since I plan on selling the car next summer. I just need struts that will last 30K miles and not give me any headaches.

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https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/...assembly,15174

Looks like FCS or Monroe - the FCS have the little heart by them for popular on RockAuto ...


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You might want to consider cartridges only and the compression tool. Overall it still may come out cheaper, as springs might be expensive.

The compression tool is about 10 or so. Or you can even rent one I believe (from Autozone or similar).

As for the noises - yes, he is right. The bearings can make lots of noise. However, it may also be bushings on the stabilizer.


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100k miles is a very good time to replace shock absorbers. You think the car handles OK, but I can assure you - you will feel difference with new ones. You just got used to...
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Usually, the cartridges are about the same price as the quick-struts when you factor in the mounts and bushings.

You could probably save money with just doing the bushings, but then you have all the labor and still old struts on the car ...


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Just did this job on daughters '06 Elantra hatch. Used the Monroe Quick-Struts as she had 136K and I wanted to replace the bushings and bearing assembly, too. $124 per side with coupon from Advanced Auto. You will need an alignment after the install. Took about an hour to do both sides. One note that applies to the XD series, not sure about yours; Be very careful aligning the three bolts at the top. Several have had issues getting them to align and called foul on the strut assembly. I found that if you keep everything loose until all bolts are lined up it will go together without issue. I had one top bolt that didn't want to go all the way through and took a coal chisel against the tapered, non-threaded portion of the bolt and lightly tapped it ONCE. Popped right in, no damage to threads.


The whole job was much easier than expected. First time I have done struts in over 40 yrs of turning wrenches for a hobby. Have fun!
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You might want to consider cartridges only and the compression tool. Overall it still may come out cheaper, as springs might be expensive.

The compression tool is about 10 or so. Or you can even rent one I believe (from Autozone or similar).

As for the noises - yes, he is right. The bearings can make lots of noise. However, it may also be bushings on the stabilizer.
How much are cartridges only? I assume they cost almost as much as the total quick struts themselves. If I'm only saving like $50, then I'd rather just spend the extra and get all new struts.

I thought about the sway bar bushings but I had a close look at them when the car was on the lift at the shop and they dont seem cracked or worn out.
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Cartridges start around $70, but mounts are $30-40 each on top of that.


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Just did this job on daughters '06 Elantra hatch. Used the Monroe Quick-Struts as she had 136K and I wanted to replace the bushings and bearing assembly, too. $124 per side with coupon from Advanced Auto. You will need an alignment after the install. Took about an hour to do both sides. One note that applies to the XD series, not sure about yours; Be very careful aligning the three bolts at the top. Several have had issues getting them to align and called foul on the strut assembly. I found that if you keep everything loose until all bolts are lined up it will go together without issue. I had one top bolt that didn't want to go all the way through and took a coal chisel against the tapered, non-threaded portion of the bolt and lightly tapped it ONCE. Popped right in, no damage to threads.
Yeah I watched a couple videos on YouTube and they all recommend tightening the 3 upper bolts after lowering the car so they can bear the weight first. Otherwise, there could be extreme tension that could lead to premature bolt failure. Funny part is, I had a couple mechanics tell me that I won't need alignment after replacing the struts --- what gives?

Do you know anything about 1A-Auto.com ?? They got a hella sweet price ($165) on a pair of new struts

https://www.1aauto.com/2007-10-hyund...moChoCwHvw_wcB
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Cartridges start around $70, but mounts are $30-40 each on top of that.
So that's about $200 for new cartridges and mounts for both sides, plus additional cost for using compression tool to insert the springs.

Wouldnt I be better off ordering a pair of new strut assemblies from 1A-Auto for only $165.00 total?

https://www.1aauto.com/2007-10-hyund...moChoCwHvw_wcB
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So that's about $200 for new cartridges and mounts for both sides, plus additional cost for using compression tool to insert the springs.

Wouldnt I be better off ordering a pair of new strut assemblies from 1A-Auto for only $165.00 total?

https://www.1aauto.com/2007-10-hyund...moChoCwHvw_wcB
that's what i would do. going the cheap, and having to do all the labor aint worth it. for one, if you reuse the springs, you gotta have a spring compressor. and if the compressor dont quite fit, like a lot of them, disassembly is gonna be tough. i would rather pay more, and just swap out the assemblies. then go take a nap
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