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    confused Do I require alignment to be done after replacing the shock absorbers?

    One of my rear shock absorber has started to leak oil and I am planning to get it replace in this week.
    Do I require a full alignment or may be just the rear alignment to be done after replacing the shock absorber?
    Shall I go for the original part or aftermarket?
    Any recommendations for the aftermarket part?
    Any inputs highly appreciated!

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    if you only do the shock allignment is not necessary.
    because the ride height does not change.

    but if you do it then you are sure that the settings are ok for the next xxx miles

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    Thanks mate.

    Quote Originally Posted by sliderke View Post
    if you only do the shock allignment is not necessary.
    because the ride height does not change.

    but if you do it then you are sure that the settings are ok for the next xxx miles

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    Also take into account the tyres that have been on that wheel position, as they will most likely be unevenly worn
    That wear pattern will now accelerate
    So remember this at the next tyre renewal, when you swap them from the rear to the front, as they will not last as long on the front as normal

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    i think you are meant to replace both sides at once. A lot of people on here speak highly of bilstein b4s as replacements for standard shocks...at £80 a pair (for rears) very reasonable. How2 do em yourself here

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    Thank you guys.

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    I have booked the appointment to see Pedders next week to replace my rear shocks.
    Quoted AUD$450 incl fitting for a pair of their homebrand shocks.
    Do you guys have Pedders in UK?

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    no pedders here i think. Thats about £300 right? Sounds like a lot...I don't know what garages charge over there tho. As you can see from how2, theres only two bolts on each one. They literally just take old ones off and put new ones on. I suppose it depends how much parts are there. Over here a pair of good aftermarket shocks are £80...about 120AUSdollars. I think vauxhall charge £70 each just for part.(so thats 210 AUS dollar for parts at dealer!) The rest is labour.
    It seems to the expensive end of things to me....but maybe Holden/opel charges loads, and so independent garage can charge more too?

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    $450 is the cheapest quote I found with Pedders. They are the expert in fitting shocks, springs & brakes in Australia.
    I also tried 3 other independent garages, their price range is from $600 to $650. I didn't try Holden because they will be the most expensive one, could ended up to thousand something.

    I did think about do it myself but not after I considered the winter weather now and the parts are not cheap either for Vectra in Australia.
    Vectra is so unpopular in Australia. The Astra is doing quite well until last year Holden decided to stop import anymore. They replaced Astra with Cruze. I am not sure you guys have Cruze in UK.


    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyred View Post
    no pedders here i think. Thats about £300 right? Sounds like a lot...I don't know what garages charge over there tho. As you can see from how2, theres only two bolts on each one. They literally just take old ones off and put new ones on. I suppose it depends how much parts are there. Over here a pair of good aftermarket shocks are £80...about 120AUSdollars. I think vauxhall charge £70 each just for part.(so thats 210 AUS dollar for parts at dealer!) The rest is labour.
    It seems to the expensive end of things to me....but maybe Holden/opel charges loads, and so independent garage can charge more too?

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    fair enough... I suppose it doesn't always make sense to just convert the currency...there are other factors such as cost of living, wages, price of parts.

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