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200T/5KT: Re: Replacing Shocks on 200T
On Mar 23, 10:09pm, Peter Tracy wrote:
> Subject: Replacing Shocks on 200T
> I am about to replace the shocks on my 1990 200 Turbo (front wheel drive)
> with 85K miles. After looking at the Bentley manual I have some questions:
> 1. Is a special tool needed to remove the cap at the top of the strut which
> holds the shock in?
> 2. Should I plan on replacing the strut bearing. These often wear on Audi
> 4000s and VW Golfs. Do they wear in the larger cars?
>-- End of excerpt from Peter Tracy
Had the ones on mine ('85 5KT) done by Sears two days ago: he
had the special tool (which isn't so special anymore apparently,
because late model GM cars have the same kind of arrangement), which
allowed him to do the job in about 45 minutes. (Would've taken
him less if he had ever done an Audi before).
They might be willing to put your cartridges in for you for
the same installation price that they charged me to put in
their own ($20 a side): if they are, you're probably better
off having them do it. I can't imagine the special tool
being either easily available or particularly cheap. (But the
job sure looks dead simple).
The new Gabriels they put in sure beat the hell of the limp
104K-mile cartridges I had in the car ... man, what a difference!
PS: In keeping with our new subject-line convention, should
200T be 2HT (leaving the interested reader to mull over this
Arun Rao, '85 5KT, 104K
1001 W. Cutting Blvd.
Pt. Richmond, CA 94804