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Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly

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Econo-MaticĀ® strut assemblies include all the components required for strut replacement in a single, fully-assembled unit. This fully integrated design helps reduce installation time, eliminates the need for a spring compressor and helps ensure a complete repair. Econo-Matic strut assemblies feature nitrogen gas charging, velocity proportional valving and all-weather fluid to deliver improved comfort at an economical price.

Product Features:
  • Full Replacement Strut Assembly
  • Meets OE product specifications
  • Available for most popular applications
  • An economical replacement alternative
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Body Length:15.875 in
Body Type:B4
Compressed Length:16.000 in
Dust Shield:No
Extended Length:21.875 in
Travel Length:5.875 in

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  • Durable (12)
  • High-performance (8)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Lightweight (5)

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  • Large cars (11)
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2001 ford taurus

How to Replace the Struts on a 2001 Ford Taurus

The struts in your 2001 Ford Taurus are the portion of the suspension that dampen bumps in the road and provide stability during...Read complete review

How to Replace the Struts on a 2001 Ford Taurus

The struts in your 2001 Ford Taurus are the portion of the suspension that dampen bumps in the road and provide stability during cornering. Struts age slowly, reducing the ride quality over time. Some people prefer to change the struts when they feel that their cars drive less smoothly than they used to; others only change the struts when these components physically break. The struts in your Taurus can be replaced without special spring compression tools, making this an easier fix than in some similar vehicles. Replacement struts can be purchased or ordered from most auto-parts stores. Expect to spend about 45 minutes replacing each strut


Things You'll Need

Socket wrench

Socket set, metric

Jack

Jack stand

Hub remover

Torque wrench

Pry bar

Instructions

Replacement of the Front Struts

Remove the center nut from the top of the strut under the hood and loosen the three surrounding nuts. Do not remove the three nuts.



Loosen the front lug nuts, then raise the vehicle and support it on a jack stand. Remove the wheel. The lift point is on the frame rail, about a foot behind the front wheel. Refer to you Taurus owner's manual for a diagram, if you are unsure of where to support your car.



Unbolt the brake caliper and slide it off the rotor. Suspend it with a piece of wire to prevent strain on the brake hose. Slide the brake rotor off the hub.



Unbolt and remove the tie rod end. Do not use power tools.



Disconnect the stabilizer bar link from the strut. The link is a metal bar connected on the rear of the strut, just below the spring. A nut holds it in place.



Separate the lower control arm from the steering knuckle by removing the pinch nut and bolt then spreading the joint.



Bolt a hub remover to the hub and press the axle shaft out. Suspend the shaft with a length of wire. Do not let the shaft pull outwards.



Separate the steering knuckle from the strut (it is attached the same way as the lower control arm was). Remove the steering knuckle. Remove the upper nuts from the strut and pull the strut out of the vehicle.

Install the replacement strut by reversing of the removal procedure. Tighten connections in the following order, to the listed torques:

Strut to steering knuckle: 72 to 97 ft-lbs
Lower control arm to steering knuckle: 72 to 97 ft-lbs
Stabilizer bar to strut: 57 to 75 ft-lbs
Tie rod end: 35 to 46 ft-lbs
Upper support nuts (not center): 39 to 53 ft-lbs
Caliper: 18 to 25 ft-lbs
Center nut (tighten with vehicle on ground): 170 to 202 ft-lbs

Replacement of the Rear Struts


Remove the rear parcel shelf. Loosen the lug nuts and raise the car with the jack. Support the vehicle with a jack stand and remove the wheel. The jack point is on the frame, just ahead of the rear wheel.



Unbolt the brake valve from the control arm, then suspend the arm with a length of wire. Remove the bracket that mounts the brake hose to the strut and move it out of the way.



Separate the stabilizer bar link from the strut--it is located behind the strut and connected with a U-bracket.



Remove the nut from the rear end of the tension strut. The tension strut runs forwards from the bottom end of the suspension, crossing the frame rail. Pull the wheel spindle rearward, separating it from the tension strut.



Unbolt the strut from spindle. Pry the joint with a pry bar to remove the strut from the joint.



Remove the three bolts connecting the strut to the body. They are located under the shelf that you've just removed. Remove the strut, taking care not to damage the brake lines.

Install the replacement strut by reversing the removal procedure. Tighten connections in the following order, to the listed torques:

Stabilizer link to strut: 60 to 84 in-lbs
Strut to spindle: 35 to 46 foot-lbs
Tension strut to spindle: 35 to 46 foot-lbs

Tips & Warnings



If you're replacing a broken strut, be sure to replace the opposite strut as well, so as to prevent the suspension from being uneven and causing the car to pull.

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Good replacement for the price.

Great product for the price, if you are looking for a inexpensive replacement for your vehicle. I have installed the "Econo-Matics" before my 95 Taurus and they only lasted about 6...Read complete review

Great product for the price, if you are looking for a inexpensive replacement for your vehicle. I have installed the "Econo-Matics" before my 95 Taurus and they only lasted about 6 years before the springs were sagging and the struts were bouncy. Now after 10 years on the vehicle they are shot! The rear of the car has sagged to it's max... But I'm buying another set because the car is 17 yrs old, rusty, but runs fine. So why not! The "Econo's" have a very "American" soft ride to them compared to the more expensive Monroe's or KYB's with a stiffer ride, but at close to a third the price of the better Monroe's or half for KYB's I'll take the soft ride! Bottom line: For the price, they are perfect for a daily driver or fixing up your beater... for the spirited or aggressive driver opt for something better!

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5.0

already assembled is the only way to go

By 

from west seneca ,NY

About Me Casual Driver, Diyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • No Cons

Best Uses

  • Large Cars
  • Small Cars

Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

As far as i'm concerned,it was a big convenience to have the spring and the strut already assembled. Did not have to deal with the danger of injury collapsing and installing the spring on the strut.Also the price was very reasonable for both already assembled.Being a DIYer it is a big enough pain working on your car in the driveway instead of a shop with a lift,and the biggest pain is getting the old rusted bolts and parts out. Once that was all done, putting in the new part was easy because the quality was a great fit and there was also new nuts with it to make installation easier.

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5.0

Part is fine!

By 

from falls church

About Me Casual Driver

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Cars

    Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

    part was easy to install, but the knuckle was not. got it together and works just fine now.

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    2.0

    Didn't last long

    By 

    from Fort Dodge, Iowa

    Pros

      Cons

      • Only Lasted 25 Years
      • Only Lasted 2 Years

      Best Uses

        Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

        Put these struts on in 2011 and now 2 and a half years later, there is not pressure and no shocks. Still look blue and shiny, but don't work!

         
        5.0

        So easy to install

        By 

        from Marietta, GA

        About Me Casual Driver

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • High-Performance
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Large Cars

          Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

          You would think replacing struts would be hard. This product is all in one piece. Just unbolt the old one and bolt up the new one. Easy!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          2001 ford taurus

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          from Medina new york

          About Me Casual Driver, Mechanic

          Verified Buyer
          Helpful Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • High-Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Cars
            • Small Cars
            • Trucks

            Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

            How to Replace the Struts on a 2001 Ford Taurus

            The struts in your 2001 Ford Taurus are the portion of the suspension that dampen bumps in the road and provide stability during cornering. Struts age slowly, reducing the ride quality over time. Some people prefer to change the struts when they feel that their cars drive less smoothly than they used to; others only change the struts when these components physically break. The struts in your Taurus can be replaced without special spring compression tools, making this an easier fix than in some similar vehicles. Replacement struts can be purchased or ordered from most auto-parts stores. Expect to spend about 45 minutes replacing each strut


            Things You'll Need

            Socket wrench

            Socket set, metric

            Jack

            Jack stand

            Hub remover

            Torque wrench

            Pry bar

            Instructions

            Replacement of the Front Struts

            Remove the center nut from the top of the strut under the hood and loosen the three surrounding nuts. Do not remove the three nuts.



            Loosen the front lug nuts, then raise the vehicle and support it on a jack stand. Remove the wheel. The lift point is on the frame rail, about a foot behind the front wheel. Refer to you Taurus owner's manual for a diagram, if you are unsure of where to support your car.



            Unbolt the brake caliper and slide it off the rotor. Suspend it with a piece of wire to prevent strain on the brake hose. Slide the brake rotor off the hub.



            Unbolt and remove the tie rod end. Do not use power tools.



            Disconnect the stabilizer bar link from the strut. The link is a metal bar connected on the rear of the strut, just below the spring. A nut holds it in place.



            Separate the lower control arm from the steering knuckle by removing the pinch nut and bolt then spreading the joint.



            Bolt a hub remover to the hub and press the axle shaft out. Suspend the shaft with a length of wire. Do not let the shaft pull outwards.



            Separate the steering knuckle from the strut (it is attached the same way as the lower control arm was). Remove the steering knuckle. Remove the upper nuts from the strut and pull the strut out of the vehicle.

            Install the replacement strut by reversing of the removal procedure. Tighten connections in the following order, to the listed torques:

            Strut to steering knuckle: 72 to 97 ft-lbs
            Lower control arm to steering knuckle: 72 to 97 ft-lbs
            Stabilizer bar to strut: 57 to 75 ft-lbs
            Tie rod end: 35 to 46 ft-lbs
            Upper support nuts (not center): 39 to 53 ft-lbs
            Caliper: 18 to 25 ft-lbs
            Center nut (tighten with vehicle on ground): 170 to 202 ft-lbs

            Replacement of the Rear Struts


            Remove the rear parcel shelf. Loosen the lug nuts and raise the car with the jack. Support the vehicle with a jack stand and remove the wheel. The jack point is on the frame, just ahead of the rear wheel.



            Unbolt the brake valve from the control arm, then suspend the arm with a length of wire. Remove the bracket that mounts the brake hose to the strut and move it out of the way.



            Separate the stabilizer bar link from the strut--it is located behind the strut and connected with a U-bracket.



            Remove the nut from the rear end of the tension strut. The tension strut runs forwards from the bottom end of the suspension, crossing the frame rail. Pull the wheel spindle rearward, separating it from the tension strut.



            Unbolt the strut from spindle. Pry the joint with a pry bar to remove the strut from the joint.



            Remove the three bolts connecting the strut to the body. They are located under the shelf that you've just removed. Remove the strut, taking care not to damage the brake lines.

            Install the replacement strut by reversing the removal procedure. Tighten connections in the following order, to the listed torques:

            Stabilizer link to strut: 60 to 84 in-lbs
            Strut to spindle: 35 to 46 foot-lbs
            Tension strut to spindle: 35 to 46 foot-lbs

            Tips & Warnings



            If you're replacing a broken strut, be sure to replace the opposite strut as well, so as to prevent the suspension from being uneven and causing the car to pull.

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            (7 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            cheap

            By 

            from collegeville

            About Me Auto Enthusiast

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            3 or more reviews submitted

            Pros

              Cons

              • Flimsy

              Best Uses

              • Small Cars

              Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

              The back bracket where the pinch bolt slides through broke off during installation. I conclude that the welds on the bracket were not performed well or performed at all. As a result, the quality control on the product was poor.

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              (7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good value

              By 

              from michigan

              About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver, Mechanic

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              Verified Buyer
              3 or more reviews submitted

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Large Cars
                • Small Cars

                Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

                The complete strut assembly saves so much time can't see doing any other way if the bearing on top is bad.

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                • No

                (13 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Easy to installed, Lightning Shipping

                By 

                from Far Rockaway, New York.

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                See all my reviews

                Ask me a question

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                Helpful Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Large Cars

                  Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

                  Easy to installed, Lightning Shipping Fast,
                  in Two Days.
                  Easy To Installed

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (10 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  I would shop again

                  By 

                  from Ontonagon , mi

                  About Me Mechanic

                  Verified Buyer
                  Helpful Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Small Cars

                    Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

                    It not bad price n it kinda easy to install

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                    • No

                    (9 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    best way to go

                    By 

                    from rock city,new york

                    About Me Mechanic

                    Verified Buyer
                    Helpful Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Small Cars

                      Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

                      I have been a mechanic for years,and like any mechanic knows,fords are know for broken strut springs!when monroe 1st came out with the "quick strut" it was the best thing since sliced bread,these are just as easy only a little bit cheaper than the sensatrac quick strut.overall the easieszt and cheapest way to fix the famous broken rear spring in a ford!

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                      • Q:

                        I have a ford Taurus without the rear sway bar. They did this because they went to an anti-rust spring on the strut assembly. Does the Monroe econo-matic strut assembly use the same type of spring in their assembly?
                        Asked on 1/31/2016 by Eric from Oconomowoc, WI

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                          A:

                          Hi Eric, glad to help you! When I searched on a few Taurus DIY forums, I see certain early 2000 Taurus's made without the rear sway bar. Unfortunately, I am not able to find more information on the compatibility of this econo-matic strut to your Taurus. I would recommend that you check with your nearest store, we do have ASE certified representatives at our stores who can help with the compatibility and part selection.

                          Answered on 2/4/2016 by Steve from AAP
                      • Q:

                        can the strut assembly be used in the front of a 2001 ford taurus or are they only for the rear?
                        Asked on 11/12/2013 by that guy who looks like a guy

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          Hi Customer, this Strut Assembly only for the rear. Please refer the Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly - Part No. 181615 for front with your vehicle.

                          Answered on 11/13/2013 by Max from AAP
                      • Q:

                        Do these include the new strut mounts or do you need to purchase separately?
                        Asked on 7/5/2013 by Jake from Saginaw, MI

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          This Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly - Part No. 181616 includes pre-assembled struct mounts. For any further assistance please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                          Answered on 7/5/2013 by Morgan from AAP
                      • Q:

                        I was wondering if I had a problem with my struts on a dodge Dakota 2006 was bad bcuz i hear a noise every time I hit a bump..
                        Asked on 5/30/2013 by Phone an from Birmingham,al

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          With reference to your inquiry on the Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly -part# 181616, the struts may be the possible cause of the problem on your Dodge Dakota. However, I would suggest taking your vehicle to a certified mechanic for a proper diagnosis before buying and having parts installed that may not (solve/be) the problem. For any further assistance, you may also call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                          Answered on 5/30/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                      • Q:

                        i have a 2002 saturn vue.will these work on the front,if not do you have something that would.
                        Asked on 5/16/2013 by bigboy from tiro,ohio

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          This Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly (Part No. 181616) is not compatible with your 2002 saturn vue. Unfortunately, we do not locate the exact Strut Assembly for your vehicle online. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                          Answered on 5/16/2013 by Max from AAP
                      • Q:

                        Will this work for my 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS?
                        I need rear struts.
                        Asked on 2/5/2013 by AKB from United States

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                          A:

                          This part Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly, Part No. 181616 does not fit 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS. Please check Monroe OESPECTRUM, Part No. 72508 which is an exact fit for your vehicle 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS rear side.
                          For any further assistance please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                          Answered on 2/5/2013 by Aaron from AAP
                      • Q:

                        Will this part work for my 2002 mercury sable for rear?
                        Asked on 12/12/2012 by Ann

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          Yes, this Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly - part# 181616 is for rear and is an exact fit for your 2002 Mercury Sable. For any further assistance, please visit your nearest Advance Auto store or call us directly at 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623) and one of our representatives there would be more than happy to assist you.

                          Answered on 12/12/2012 by Vincent from AAP
                      • Q:

                        is there a way to adjust these strut assembly ? i bought both side's for my 2002 ford focus and one side is higher up then the other
                        Asked on 12/5/2012 by jason from michigan

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          Sorry, In our compatibility chart it says that this Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly (Part No. 181616) does not fit your 2002 Ford Focus. For more information, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our technicians would be more than happy to assist you.

                          Answered on 12/6/2012 by Steve from AAP
                      • Q:

                        what is difference between this econo matic and monroe's quick strut besides almost $50 in price?
                        Asked on 10/4/2012 by Reid from Michigan

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          The only difference between the Monroe Quick Strut and the Monroe Econo Matic strut is the quality of the seal that holds the nitrogen in the shock. So the cheaper ones will loose their nitrogen charge before the other model. Both will fit for the same application, but the quality of the ride will be different. For any further assistance, please visit your nearest Advance Auto store or call us directly at 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623) and one of our representatives there would be more than happy to assist you.

                          Answered on 10/5/2012 by Vincent from AAP
                      • Q:

                        will this fit my ford taurus wagon?
                        Asked on 9/7/2012 by joe

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          In order to check the exact fit of this Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly - part# 181616, please provide the year of your Ford Taurus Wagon.

                          Answered on 9/7/2012 by Vincent from AAP
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