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Author Topic: Need front suspension but half the parts are out of production  (Read 492 times)

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Offline KEP3

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I've been hearing a thumping noise from the front of my 2008 Saturn Sky Redline. I took it to a local shop and was told I basically need everything between the control arms. We both searched dealers, auto parts stores, and the internet we both had the same results.

19151125  Shock
15784872  Spring -Discontinued
10376406  Dust Shield -Discontinued
15823830  Bumper
10376404  Mount -Discontinued

I really don't think it's at all wise let alone safe to use salvage parts for the discontinued items. Do I have any options or do I part out the car?

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Re: Need front suspension but half the parts are out of production
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2021, 12:40:17 AM »
Have you looked at aftermarket sources or only GM parts suppliers?

I doubt you need to replace the springs but if you did there are upgrades that you can probably find.

I wouldn't part it out because it needs shocks.
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Re: Need front suspension but half the parts are out of production
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2021, 10:23:20 AM »
If a repair shop is telling you to replace springs as wear items, I?d get a second opinion. How many miles on the car? I can see some bushings or ball joint needing work. Maybe even a shock or four. But something smells off.
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Re: Need front suspension but half the parts are out of production
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2021, 10:56:53 AM »
If you have not done so already in your internet search, try Ebay.

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Re: Need front suspension but half the parts are out of production
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2021, 12:47:36 PM »
I am still running cars that are 65 years  old on their original springs. Unless they crack or lose temper they don't usually go bad.

You can buy aftermarket shock units complete with springs for $1000 for all four.
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Re: Need front suspension but half the parts are out of production
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2021, 07:40:03 PM »
Other option is to call junk yards.  Find a wrecked one.
Hoosier GXP was always the man when it came to spare parts.

He may be able to help you out.

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Re: Need front suspension but half the parts are out of production
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2021, 12:23:54 AM »
KEP3 -

Safe to say, many of us agree something is amiss.  Can you give us more details on your car?  Some of us may have spare parts sitting in our garages that can help you.  And - please - see if you can get a second opinion on your cars needs.

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Re: Need front suspension but half the parts are out of production
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2021, 02:42:38 PM »
The dust shield is definitely reusable, unless it's rusted all the way through where it mounts.

 

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