Honda cr-v front end prob.

Tiny
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  • 2003 HONDA CRV
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 63,000 MILES
Help! I live in mexico. Have a 2003 CR-V w/63,000 miles. Bought it used in CA with 35K miles (in 2006); its done 6,000 miles from/to CA, and the balance here on some fairly rough roads, though no real off-roading stuff. Have occasional 'clunking' rt. Front end, especially in rough spots or when i'm turning sharply and at an incline or decline. I've been told I need new shocks. Does this sound right? The parts are expensive here, and not sure about trusting the dealer service guys and/or the mechanic from the dealer who moonlights and will do the work. I live up in the mountains and really want to be sure I have all safety stuff covered.
i need to pay for the parts SOON so would like feedback ASAP! Thanks a lot
patty
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Monday, February 7th, 2011 AT 5:15 PM

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Tiny
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Yes strut failure likely normal, to replace on good roads at 60K
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Monday, February 7th, 2011 AT 6:39 PM
Tiny
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What are struts? Are those the same as shocks?
You are assuming I know something about different front end parts. Please elaborate.
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Monday, February 7th, 2011 AT 6:52 PM
Tiny
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Struts are a shock absorber and a coil spring assembly built into one. The strut functions as the wheels upper control arm as well as providing a moving suspension piece. The strut is connected on one end to the chassis and the wheel on the other. Replacing them requires special tools as they are under a lot of pressure and should be replaced by a professional.
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Monday, February 7th, 2011 AT 8:43 PM

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