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Symptoms of worn struts

Symptoms of worn struts

7 top symptoms of worn struts

1. You car nose dives when you brake. During braking good springs and good struts resist nose dive. Worn struts not only nose dive but allows the tires to bounce, which increases stopping distances by up to 12 feet from highway speeds.

2. You notice a lot of up/down body movement, ie; a bouncy ride. The strut’s job is to dampen spring oscillations. Worn struts can’t do that, so you feel just about every bump in the road.

3. Your vehicle has a hard time staying in its own lane and you feel like you can’t control it. Struts keep your tires on the road. When they’re bouncing, they can’t control your vehicle. Loss of control is most noticeable in curves and on bumpy roads.

4. Worn struts cause tire cupping and accelerated tire wear. tire cuppingEvery time your tire bounces off the pavement and then hits the pavement, you wear off extra rubber. These “divots” cause the tire to be out of balance. Once that starts, you’ll get accelerated tire wear.

5. Worn struts cause the rear of your car to “squat” during acceleration.

6. Worn struts cause accelerated suspension component wear. Worn struts cause your tires to bounce and that extra bouncing causes additional wear to ball joints, control arm bushings, tie rod ends and stabilizer bar end links.

7. Worn struts leak hydraulic fluid. Seeping or

leaking shock versus weeping shock

leaking shock versus weeping shock

slight weeping is normal. But if you notice a wet leak, your struts should be replaced.

Strut replacement cost

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