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Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly

Part No. 181686 Warranty Details  

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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:11.625 in
Body Type:B2
Compressed Length:12.125 in
Dust Shield:No
Extended Length:20.375 in
Travel Length:8.250 in

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MonroeEcono-Matic Complete Strut Assembly
 
4.3

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Durable (5)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • High-performance (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small cars (8)
  • Large cars (4)
  • Trucks (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Auto enthusiast (4), Casual driver (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Easy installation

One of the four squeaks on occasion. Hoping it subsides after some use. Very easy to install the fromt ones because once the originals were unmounted, everything flopped around and reinstalltion was simple....Read complete review

One of the four squeaks on occasion. Hoping it subsides after some use. Very easy to install the fromt ones because once the originals were unmounted, everything flopped around and reinstalltion was simple. The rear ones were a little more difficult, due to bolt hole alignments needing a C clamp to line up the holes properly.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

This was one of my easier jobs!

The product was very nice. Fit was great. No damage from poor packaging, but could use a bit more support in box. On-line ordering is OK but could use some fine tuning,...Read complete review

The product was very nice. Fit was great. No damage from poor packaging, but could use a bit more support in box. On-line ordering is OK but could use some fine tuning, the biggest issue is whether or not the item is in stock. I find it neccesary to call the store and even with that I've come across errors.

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5.0

i would buy this product and other products again.

By 

from Chicago

Verified Buyer

Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

easy to Install

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  • No

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Had to return

By 

from Wapakoneta, Ohio

About Me Experienced mechanic

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Verified Buyer
3 or more reviews submitted

Pros

    Cons

    • Two Different Styles

    Best Uses

      Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

      Good product, Didn't have strut assembly for my application.

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      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      only way to go!

      By 

      from volant,pa

      About Me Auto Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

          ordered online and picked up at store. good price and very easy install. if you need struts, get these and put them on yourself and save some cash.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would buy this product again

          By 

          from Muskegon Mi

          About Me Casual Driver

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Small Cars

            Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

            everything was great I had no problems and it was easy to do my self

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            • No

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Easy installation

            By 

            from Blackwood, NJ

            About Me Auto Enthusiast

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            Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

            One of the four squeaks on occasion. Hoping it subsides after some use. Very easy to install the fromt ones because once the originals were unmounted, everything flopped around and reinstalltion was simple. The rear ones were a little more difficult, due to bolt hole alignments needing a C clamp to line up the holes properly.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            great product

            By 

            from Charleston, WV

            About Me Casual Driver

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Small Cars

              Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

              i'm not a mechanic - but from start to finish this job took me about 3 hours. i also swapped out rotors and break pads too. i had to use a pry-bar to get the hub assembly to lineup with the strut, but it went together really easy for the most part.

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Simple, even for not knowing a lot about

              By 

              from Edon Ohio

              About Me Casual Driver

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Large Cars
                • Small Cars
                • Trucks

                Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

                Great product. Easy to use and install. Literally took 1 hour from start. To even clean up and I was done.

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                • No

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                good enough for the price

                By 

                from Port Huron

                About Me DIY Mechanic

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Works as intended

                Cons

                • Rougher than oem ride

                Best Uses

                • Budget oriented people
                • Small Cars

                Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

                not 100% unhappy with ride quality, just wish it was alittle softer like the oem struts. comparable performace to Struttek's. if i had the extra money i might have gone with KYB's or Monroe senstracs. installed on a 2002 Malibu.

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                This was one of my easier jobs!

                By 

                from Caledonia, WI

                About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic, Truck Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Large Cars
                  • Small Cars
                  • Trucks

                  Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

                  The product was very nice. Fit was great. No damage from poor packaging, but could use a bit more support in box. On-line ordering is OK but could use some fine tuning, the biggest issue is whether or not the item is in stock. I find it neccesary to call the store and even with that I've come across errors.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  I would buy this product again

                  By 

                  from farrell ,pa

                  About Me Back yard mechanic

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer
                  Helpful Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Mid size car

                    Comments about Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly:

                    Was very easy to install, every thing was all ready put together. Good price too!

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                    • No

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                    7 Questions | 7 Answers
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                    • Q:

                      When replacing struts on the rear. If I purchase 2. Does it matter which side it goes on? Is there a left and a right or is it universal?

                      I own a GT 99 Grand Am
                      Asked on 4/18/2014 by JAVIV from Nebraska

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        Hi JAVIV, glad to assist you! This strut assembly is for rear and it can be used for either rear driver's side or passenger's side.

                        Answered on 4/19/2014 by Vincent from AAP
                    • Q:

                      Why are the rear struts squeezing?
                      Asked on 7/16/2013 by jay

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        With reference to your inquiry on the Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly -part# 181686, the squeaking rear struts could be a damaged or bent strut. However, without the presence of the vehicle we could neither diagnose the problem nor provide you with a 100% answer. I would suggest you to get assistance from 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 7/17/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                    • Q:

                      Do I need to get a mount? Or does this piece come with it?
                      Asked on 1/29/2013 by Anna from Champaign, IL

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        This Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly - part# 181686 is a complete, ready-to-install replacement strut assembly. Each unit features a pre-assembled replacement bearing plate, upper and lower spring isolators, upper spring seat, coil spring, boot kit, and strut. 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 1/29/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                    • Q:

                      What are the bolt sizes and tools i will need to perform the task?
                      Asked on 11/27/2012 by the GRAYHOUND

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        This Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly - part# 181686 is vehicle specific. For assisting you further on installing the strut assembly, please provide the year, make, model and engine size of the vehicle. You may also 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 11/28/2012 by Vincent from AAP
                    • Q:

                      What is the spacing on the lower bolts? I have a 1998 Malibu and the spacing was changed during 1998.
                      Asked on 6/19/2012 by Roger from St. Charles, MO

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        Yes, the spacing between the lower mounting bolts for a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu is 2 3/8". For any further assistance please feel free to call 1-877-238-2623 and one of our representatives will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                        Answered on 6/20/2012 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
                    • Q:

                      which rear side does it fit ps or ds ? or does it fit both ?
                      Asked on 3/29/2012 by kurt from sturgis mi

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        This Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly with part# 181686 is for rear and is sold individually. This could be used either for rear driver side or passenger side.

                        Answered on 3/30/2012 by Vincent from AAP
                    • Q:

                      Can this be used for both front and rear struts? thanks.
                      Asked on 1/16/2012 by Anonymous

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        No, this Monroe Econo-Matic Complete Strut Assembly with part# 181686 is only for rear. In order to check the exact fit application, please provide the year, make, model and engine size of the vehicle.

                        Answered on 1/16/2012 by Vincent from AAP
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