I dropped my car off at the mechanic’s today to replace the struts and fix an oil leak on my 1998 Honda Civic. They just called back to say that it would be $900 to fix the leak because it was leaking in both the front and the back and they would have to remove the transmission. I have noticed the car leaking directly underneath the engine but not in the back of the car, unless they meant something else when they said the back. As for the struts, they want to charge $1000. Autozone charges $63 per front strut and $67 per back. For four struts, that would be $260. That would come out to about $740 in labor charges.
I’m hurting for cash right now so I was wondering what would happen if I put off changing the struts. The car is already making clunky noises over bumps. Also, can I get away with just topping off the oil in the car for a while? I paid less for the car than they’re trying to charge for the repairs so I’d rather just get rid of it than pay that. I need to make a trip soon that’ll be about 850 miles round trip, including up and down some hills. If my car can make it until then, I’d rather just wait.