Originally Posted by lisaspank
Can anyone offer some assistance?
I am not totally clear on what the mechanic attempted to explain to me. I understand that I do need new struts on the front and decided I would just replace the shocks in the back while they were at it.
Anyways he quoted me two prices depending on if it has cartridges or not. Could someone clarify this for me please?
I obviously am not a mechanic and barely know the basics so if anyone would take the time to explain things so I dont get hosed I would really appreciate it.
Here we have a picture of what he was referring to. The struts is the large grey part on the right of this picture. The cartridge and next to the black and grey vertical boxes. The cartridges go INSIDE
the struts. The struts are more expensive then the cartridges. The struts COME with the struts. The cartridges can be purchase separately, being cheaper.. The Shocks is the one horizontally in this picture. For RAV4 their are many brands. Bilstien, KONI, Moroso, KYB to name just a few. How you know you need to change them? Drive in a straight line, then, suddenly slam on the brakes. If the body keeps dipping up and down, you might also hear a slight bump. You know if the rear once need to be changed if the rear suspension keep hopping up and down.
Pricey? Yes. If you DIY, cool. I've done mine always. *Note some RAV4 cannot change the cartridge, you MUST change the entire strut depending on the year.
Changing the cartridges alone
is cheaper, but it must come out from under the front fender anyway. They just insert a new cartridge in the old strut.