Ok so, I am having both front struts replaced. I managed to bend one of them.
Now the dealer has quoted me $1800 parts+labor for one!!!
I know list price on the strut is $1215/ea. So, $600 for labor?!
Anyway, I want to take the Jeep somewhere besides the dealer. The place I was referred to says they will replace both struts and do 4 wheel alignment for $400 (labor only). This is much better, buuuutt, they say it is not necessary to recharge the system. I tried to explain that the system is closed-loop and that it WILL need to be recharged with Grade 5 Nitrogen.
Can anyone please help me out. I don't want these guys to get halfway through the work and realize they were wrong.
My questions are:
1. Does the system need to be recharged when replacing the front struts?
2. Should I just find another shop?
3. Should I just go to dealer with my own parts?
4. Is there any online material to show the procedure for strut replacement?
Thank you in advance!