Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: North Central Illinois
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Re: OT- Ford Taurus Strut Question
He is giving you the straight retail price from his parts supplier , this is how they make up the difference in shop rates vs actual time worked and overhead . The strut and bearing plate aren't cheap , but not all that bad . If you know how to compress the spring and have a quality compressor, go for it as far as doing it yourself . If not or you don't have the equipment , try another shop for a better price . Don't mess around with those springs , folks get killed for stupid mistakes with them every day , even qualified and experienced mechanics . In the future, avoid rough roads and keep the underside clean, that's what destroys struts and the bearing plates , lol . No offense, you didn't mention mileage on the car but for a '97 I think it's rediculous they have to be changed already .