I finally decided to crawl under and investigate the CLUNK I hear whenever hitting a bump... Aside from the noises, the ride is absolutely losy - sometimes bouncing borders on "uncontrolled" for lack of a better explanation.
Not too sure but it could appear I have leaky shocks for starters. Nothing is dripping out in large quantities, but there's a lot of suspicious oily coating on things back there.... There was an oily coating on the shock that I wiped off with my finger.
Wiped some of it off:
Videos from underneath: (click to open link)
Passenger's side where the clunk is the loudest:
Almost 112k on it and will be 7 years old on 1/4... I guess I will go ahead and replace the shocks (with KYB's) but do you guys think there may be something else that could be contributing to the clunk that needs to be replaced? I can't really seem to tell exactly where it is coming from, I tried feeling around on the shock and spring while it was thumping and didn't feel anything.
It could really use struts too up front too, but I was quoted anywhere from $600 to $1000 for Monroes (no local KYB installers,) and $1200 for OEM at the dealer for shocks/struts/and alignment. The car already needs a full brake job and a drive belt/timing belt/water pump replacement and a few other odds and ends that are failing in its old age. By the time I add all this up, it exceeds what the car is worth (on trade-in at least.)
I guess it may be an easy-ish DIY for rear shocks, but I'm a little confused about what all needs to happen that is not outlined in hmaservice. I see I need to transfer the mount, but the diagram has all kinds of different pieces involved -- does all that come off at the same time in one piece, so I just transfer the mount/retainers/whatever else in one piece and tighten down the one nut on the top? What about the dust covers, is that another item to transfer over?
Or if I buy the OEM garbage from the dealer, will it already contain the whole shebang and I just bolt them up? I really hate to do that since they're expensive and I never have felt the suspension components in stock form were ever really up to par even when new.