June 22, 2007I have a problem, I have one tire that has unusual wear on the outside of the tred. The tred looks like every other piece of tred is thick and the next one is thinner. I went to 2 tire shops and they gave me 2 different answers. They did say the same thing, that I didn't rotate my tires at 6,000 miles, I think I forgot. They also said that the PT is a lightweight vehicle and this is common in the back. But one guy is telling me I need new shocks in the rear and the other guy is telling me I need struts. I do have almost 90,000 miles and haven't replaced either shocks or struts, just don't know if I have to replace either or just one. Anyone ever run into this problem?? I want to get it fixed before it happens to another tire.
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June 22, 2007Struts are in the front and shocks are in the rear. At 90k they are long overdue to be changed. The dealer will charge you an arm and two legs. I'd look for an independent shop to do it if you can't.
June 22, 2007Sounds like the rear shocks to me...they are really easy to change. ( the front struts are a bit more difficult). I would start with them (rear shocks). I don't see how a front strut would cup the rear tire. The only problem is now you won't want to rotate your tires. I wouldn't want to put the cupped tire on the front.
June 22, 2007Thanks for the helpful info guys!!!! Sorry, I've never delt with shocks or struts before so I didn't know what was in the front or in the rear. BTW, how hard is it to change out the rear shocks?? I have some tools and it's just replacing the spring right?? Just don't know what all has to be taken off. Maybe I can lower the rear to level this baby out!!!! Now's a good chance, I don't want to do the front though because of the road I live on.
I know I've rotated tires before but I haven't done it in about a year and all other tires are perfectly good, when I get all this done I will rotate all the other tires just to be on the safe side. I'd rather do all the work myself and save some $$$. What brand of shocks are good without going too low?? I know I can't go with the slammers.
June 22, 2007Hay Jeff the rear shocks are not that hard to replace. Monroe or Gabriel Shocks have a lifetime Warranty. If you go with Monroe Shocks at Oreilly ask for the Monro Matic Plus. they will give you a good smooth ride.
June 23, 2007Dave, that's the shock absorber itself right?? Not the spring?? Thanks for the info, are they pretty spendy??
June 23, 2007Jeff that is just the Shocks, I think they are $18.99 each.
June 24, 2007Awesome, I think I'll get a set pretty soon. Thanks for the help guys!!!! I'm kinda wondering if I should order the rear springs too to level out the PT, wonder if the wife would mind so I can get it all done at the same time!!!!
I may need some tips and guidance on what needs removed to do this.
June 25, 2007To do shock and/or springs - floor jack and jack stands.
Put floor jack on center or rear axle - I put a piece of 2x6 between jack and axle to distribute stress.
Jack car up - insert jack stands at jackpoints in front of rear wheels. Lower rear axle until tension is off shock. Unbolt shock. If you want to swap springs, with shock off, lower axle more and you can just lift the spring out.
June 25, 2007I guess it would be alot easier if I had jackstands and a floor jack. All I have is the jack the PT came with. Will it work if I use both PT jacks if I just jack it up enough to release the pressure off of the shocks?? Does that mean all I have to take off is the tires to get to the shock??
June 26, 2007Yeah, I am quite sure you can do it with just the stock jack - it'll be a little harder to line up shock - and those bolts need to be TIGHT!
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