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Howdy y'all,

I'm new to this forum and hoping to get some basic advice on CRV maintenance to ensure my 1999 CRV makes it all the way to 250K or 300K. At the moment it only has 142K miles, but I think with proper long-term care it will make it at least another 100,000 miles. Your advice on whether or not this is duable in a salt belt state like Minnesota would be welcomed with open arms.

I'm a college undergrad from a family that has always taken our car into the dealership and I would like to start shying away from that due to it being cost prohibitive and so I can take ownership of fixing car problems quickly and at my pace. Before I start diving into literature to get a better understanding of cars in general, car repairs, etc. I was hoping that this community could provide me with a confirmation on parts I need for replacing my shock absorbers.

I went into the nearby Honda dealership (hopefully for the last time ever) and had them run a standard multi-point inspection to diagnose any existing issues with my CRV. The only issue they found was that both the rear shock absorbers were leaking small amounts of hydraulic fluid. They said the amount of fluid that was leaking was insignificant, but that in the long run (maybe a year or so) I will need to change the two shock absorbers. I'm planning on buying the parts (now or in the near future) so that I can take my car into a local shop and have them replace it at an affordable hourly rate without jacked up part prices.

If you could provide me with confirmation that the parts I've linked to below are the only thing I would need that would be greatly appreciated. Will I need shock absorber bushings as well? I apologize for my lack of knowledge on this subject matter, but as you will see in another post I have I'm actively working to try and increase my knowledge about cards.

Part in Question: SACHS 313281 Twin-Tube; Type:Gas Pressure; Mounting Type:Top pin, Bottom eye
 

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A small amount of fluid seepage is normal as shocks get older. That doesn't mean they will not continue to work.



The actual replacement criteria is: DOES IT PASS THE BOUNCE TEST?

The Bounce Test is simply pushing sharply down on the front or rear bumper. The car should then recoil ONCE and stop. If you Google 'Bounce Test for Shocks' you will get several videos, most from manufacturers or installers of new ones, so take the advice with a grain of salt.


Since you are asking now, you can do the BT and see how the car reacts at each corner. Then, if you become dissatisfied with the suspension control in the future, you will have a reference point about how it is now.


I wouldn't buy new parts right away.

What IS good practice is to find an independent Honda specialist who will perform any work you need at less cost than a dealer. A Honda Specialist will know the importance of using the proper Honda fluids and parts for your ride.
 

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I'd be more worried about the rear springs than the shocks themselves. The rear springs will sag (almost every RD1 has this issue) causing bad alignment, premature tire and shock failure. From what you described, I wouldn't touch them unless they fail the 'bounce test' as Carbuff2 has stated.

Don't do struts unless you're doing springs as well.
 

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Need to save your pennies over the course of the year to take it to a decent shop to have them replaced if you aren't equipped to do it yourself. I will almost guarantee the lower bolts on those shocks will be seized in the bushings. They tend to seize even on non salt belt cars. Just be prepared for it.
 
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