Not sure where to post this as there doesn't seem to be a specific suspension forum, so apologies if its in the wrong place.
I've had an issue with my nearside front wheel for a short while, and today managed to get it into a garage for an inspection and the results are that I need new shock absorbers, a new lower arm and possibly a new steering rack as it had some play, with out the steering rack, I was looking at a bill of around £351, and a whole lot more with the steering rack
Now, i'm not as green as I am cabbage looking, having always repaired my own cars and I wasn't impressed with this pricing.
According to the mechanic, the
was gushing out of the shock absorber and covering the brake disc (no mention of new pads..infact he said these were fine!) and the whole lower arm would need replacing, and if the play was still present in the steering rack, then that would need replacing.
So after this, I went to a local motorfactors, and got quoted £10 for a new ball join, around £45 for a new shocker, and even the guy was also dubious about the steering rack, ans its only really ball joins again that would require replacing.
Anyway, on to the actual questions, I've never replaced a shock absorber on a Renault, is it a straight forward job? I was looking at it seems to form the entire base of the strut, or does it pop inside the strut?
the ball join, is it a case of rest the lower arm on an axl stand and beat with hammer till the old one falls out? or is there more to it?
Also, do you guys know of any sites where I can get shockers from? I saw one site selling them at £16 each (just waiting for confirmation from them that its the part for my car) or should I stick to the motor factors? and do shockers need to be done in pairs like springs, or can I simply replace the knackered one? (even though the garage said both, only one side is leaking)
Many thanks in advance