I need to replace the front struts on my 2008 Mercury Sable AWD
(185,000 miles) and need some help on narrowing down parts...
I really like the idea of quick struts for ease of installation. I have to go to the 2008 Ford Taurus to find an AWD
version of the Monroe quick strut as follows because they aren't listed under the Sable. these will fit my 2008 Mercury Sable AWD
MONROE 272530 Front Left; AWD
MONROE 272531 Front Right; AWD
Is there a reason to stear clear of the Monroe quick struts for this car based on anyone's experience? Are they still a decent option?
I am reading that the Monroe quick struts aren't the best, so I have thought of maybe going KYB as recommended on this site by others. However, KYB only offers the following for FWD
KYB SR4278 Strut-Plus Info
Front Left; FWD
KYB SR4277 Strut-Plus Info
Front Right; FWD
I imagine an AWD
vs a FWD
quick strut has to do with getting the correct ride height. What is the problem with using these on my AWD
car? Ride height / clearance?
Anyway, so I thought of building my own full assembly with hand picked parts.
When it comes to struts, KYB has no FWD
designations on their front struts like other manufacturers do. Surely that matters right?
KYB 334653 Front Left
KYB 334652 Front Right
The Monroe option parts are the same number as the AWD
quick strut part number, but have NO AWD
designation! So confused. Maybe they aren't related at all as these are the Spectrum struts.
If I have to get a strut that is specifically designated for a Front AWD
, I'll have to go Motocraft:
MOTORCRAFT AST445 Front Left; AWD
MOTORCRAFT AST372 Front Right; AWD
- Even at 185,000 miles, the springs should be re-usable as long as they aren't broken or corroding, right?
- Are the coil spring seat / insulators usually re-usable?
Going the Monroe quick strut is really sounding good right now...