monroe quick strut - CRV

Discussion in 'CR-V' started by Jimbo, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. Jimbo

    Jimbo Guest


    I have a '02 CRV in need of front strut replacement and am wondering if
    the monroe quick struts are a good enough product to use for this job or
    if I should just replace the actual struts with OEM. Cost is the main
    consideration. So, are the quick struts any good? Will I go through 2
    replacements in the time 1 OEM strut would last or are they solid?
    Jimbo, Dec 1, 2008
  2. Jimbo

    Tony Hwang Guest

    What is quick strut? '02 and already needs replacement? When I time
    comes I pick from KYB, Koni, or Bilstein and forget about it for the
    life of car.
    Tony Hwang, Dec 1, 2008
  3. Jimbo

    Jimbo Guest

    Here's what the quickstrut is:

    as for replacement needed on a '02, not impossible. Driven daily and at
    120,000km (74,564 miles) it can start to happen on a 6 yr old car.
    Jimbo, Dec 1, 2008
  4. Jimbo

    Tegger Guest

    75K is nothing. What makes you think you need to replace the strut?
    Tegger, Dec 1, 2008
  5. Jimbo

    jim beam Guest

    make that "detroit" car - this is a honda. many people here run their
    hondas for hundreds of thousands of miles before shocks or struts need
    jim beam, Dec 1, 2008
  6. Jimbo

    jim beam Guest

    forgot to say, depending on application, monroe use a different rated
    spring to oem. makes for a softer ride, but bottoms out easier.
    jim beam, Dec 1, 2008
  7. Jimbo

    Tony Hwang Guest

    My runabout '98 had new strut put in all around at 200K Km.
    Got a set of Bilstein and Eiback springs from eBay at good rpice.
    Lucky I have a friend who is a journeymqn mechanic. He replaced them for me.
    Tony Hwang, Dec 1, 2008
  8. Jimbo

    Jimbo Guest

    granted that 75K is a bit low for this to happen. My other car a '96
    camry at 140K just had the front struts replaced last month but they had
    become floaty.
    Well for the CRV, back in the spring on a routing trip to the dealer for
    other work they had pointed out that I had "leaking" stuts and quoted me
    $700 for the parts & work. I passed on it and now notice a slight sharp
    clunk sound at low speeds on larger bumps so I assumed they were right.
    Jimbo, Dec 1, 2008
  9. Jimbo

    Tegger Guest

    Are the struts /actually/ leaking? Can you see the leak? If there is no oil
    visible on the outside of the strut, chances are it's fine.

    When you go over bumps on the side that's supposedly leaking, does the car
    feel "rubbery"? If you accelerate hard into a turn towards the leaking
    side, does the inside front wheel chatter or hop?

    A "clunk" can easily be a bad/broken stabilizer bar link.
    Tegger, Dec 1, 2008
  10. Jimbo

    Jimbo Guest

    I had a look and can see no oil around the strut. It is dry and the ride
    is pretty firm, not rubbery on the front. Accelerating when turning to
    either side is fine, no hop or chatter.

    Ok so the clunk is likely as you said. So it would seem the dealership
    almost had me in the bag!
    Jimbo, Dec 2, 2008
  11. Jimbo

    James Sweet Guest

    I don't know how the struts mount in those, but I've seen a clunk caused
    by a loose gland nut at the top of the strut housing.
    James Sweet, Dec 2, 2008
  12. Jimbo

    jim beam Guest

    what /do/ you know james?
    jim beam, Dec 2, 2008
  13. Jimbo

    Siskuwihane Guest

    He's knows not to be an ass, something you haven't learned

    That said, he seems very knowledable about vehicles in general and is
    willing to share without going into the tired spiel about "free expert
    advice" that you always regress into.

    Let's face it, no one was born being a Honda expert, not even you, so
    just lay-off before you run everyone out of here.
    Siskuwihane, Dec 2, 2008
  14. Jimbo

    Tegger Guest

    Then the strut and its insert are most likely in excellent condition and
    not in need of replacement.

    Honda shocks do NOT wear out in 75,000 miles.

    Better check ALL the suspension bolts, for torque. This includes all of
    them at the top of the strut, and all of them at the bottom, plus the
    stabilizer bar's links/bolts.
    Tegger, Dec 2, 2008
  15. Jimbo

    z Guest

    yeah. my penny pinching determination not to upgrade/hot rod anything
    until it's worn out or broken and needs replacing anyway leaves me
    with my original shock/struts at 180K and apparently they still work.
    with the old rocking the end of the car test the oscillation is damped
    within like 1 cycle. on the other hand, the car still eats rubber
    bushings like candy, so that is definitely where i would look for a
    z, Dec 16, 2008
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