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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Strut Assembly
Common signs include knocking noises when driving over bumps, a bumpy ride, floating front end, and uneven tire wear.
How Long Does a Strut Assembly Last?
Most modern cars on the road today use a combination of shocks and struts in the suspension system. Struts are used on the rear, while each front wheel is equipped with a...
What Is a Strut?
People talking about vehicle suspensions often refer to “shocks and struts.” Hearing this, you may have wondered just what a strut is, whether it’s the same as a shock, and whether you need to...
How to Buy Good Quality Struts
Vehicle struts serve a number of different purposes, including adding control to extreme handling conditions such as sudden turning and braking. They also serve to provide a level of comfort to passengers in...
How Long Does a Shock Absorber Last?
Your car has a suspension system that provides dampening of shocks and jarring while driving on the road. The suspension also helps improve vehicle handling. There are many different types of suspension...
How Long Do Spring Insulators Last?
Most cars use a shock/strut suspension system with coiled springs to provide comfort and improve handling on the road. It’s reliable, lasts a relatively long time, and performs pretty well. It also...
What Causes Leakage in the Shock Absorbers?
Every car, truck, and utility vehicle sold today has at least one shock absorber (informally known as a shock) for each of its wheels. (Note that sometimes these shocks are called struts. A strut...
How to Replace Struts
Whether you have an extremely rough ride in your car, or the ride feels like you are floating on a cloud, you may need new struts. The suspension struts...
How to Check a Front End Assembly
If you have worn out components on your front end assembly, it can cause a number of issues with your car. Depending on the vehicle, your front end...
Why Replacing a Strut Can Be Tricky
When fixing a car strut, the proper tools should be used. The whole unit should be replaced, including the shock absorber, spring, and camber block.
How to Replace Hood Support Struts
The hood struts, or lift support, support your vehicle's hood while you access the engine compartment. A failed strut is a safety concern.

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Left front strut is 2 inches lower than rest
Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2001 Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG. Most of the time this is a problem with the strut itself. The air spring begins to fail, whether it is leaking or binding, and this will occur....
There is a clunking sound coming from the rear of the car - 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. The struts or shocks could be causing a rough ride, but the looseness under the vehicle is a suspension part that is loose. Check all of the suspension for any broken bolts or damaged...
Aluminum struts
Hey there. As long as the damage is not causing the alignment to be off or leaking it should not be a problem. If the dents are causing binding of the strut, then it should be replaced. If you need...
Do strut bearings wear out? If they are worn out or bad, will it cause further damage if I continue to use the car?
Yes strut bearings will wear out. The first signs of worn strut bearings is the steering may jerk when turning at low speeds or parking maneuvers. As the bearing gets worse you will start to notice the steering becoming noisy...
Can a strut fail by just using a car hoist?
Hi, thanks for writing in. In my 35 plus years of servicing vehicles, I have never seen a strut go bad when I lifted a vehicle on a lift, however this does not mean it is not possible. When the...
replacing struts. had no problem with driver side but pasenger side giving me fits.
Hello. In order to answer your question I would require a few more details on what you are having trouble with. If you are having trouble aligning the hub / brake assembly with the struts, it may be possible that...
Replace front struts
Hello. Your all wheel drive system should have active suspension on it. This means that the struts are electronic. You typically cannot find these online as they are a dealer item. Unfortunately, you cannot use the 2WD struts as that...
Air suspension valve not working pump works but no air comes out of valve to struts
If air is getting to the valve but not coming out, odds are yes the valve is bad. Unfortunately there is no rebuilding kit for them. It most likely will have to be replaced then the entire system will need...
my coil spring is corroded and i want to buy the part but I can't identify the exact name of the part i know its a coil spring
You should get the new coil spring with the coil spring insulators. I would recommend replacing the front shocks and sway bar links with bushings at the same time.
I need to replace rear struts and have a parts fit question.
Hi there, thanks for writing in. You should purchase only the kit designed to be used with your struts. If you try a different brand of strut and a different brand hardware kit, then you may find they will not...
I'm changing my AE92 OEM Corolla shocks to a KYB Excel-G model. Do I keep the same coil springs?
For most people replacing their springs along with the struts is an issue of budget. Since you are already upgrading the shock portion of the strut, you will also see an improvement with new springs. I definitely suggest replacing the...
New gas struts installed groaning noise like rubber on metal can or should you grease them?
Hello. There is generally no provision for lubricating strut assemblies. The bearing at the top of the strut assembly is typically a sealed unit. If you installed a so-called "ready strut", that is a pre-assembled strut with the coil spring...
lower ball joint broke in half
To give you a usable answer, we (and possibly a lab) would have to have the failed part in hand to determine the failure mode. The problem is there are quite a few disparate causes for a failure of the...
Suspension system needs to be replaced
There are two common failures on most vehicles. The most common is known as a sway bar end link. Almost all cars have them and when they go bad, they produce loud noises that sound like the car is about...
Is it Shocks to Struts?
Your Corolla has struts in the front and rear. Creaking sounds can be because of any number of suspension links - sway bar links, control arm bushings, spring seats with worn out runner liners. Finding these sounds can be an...
If the car was low and that's the reason the compressor and valve block were replaced, odds are the air struts themselves were damaged from sitting low. One or more strut is most likely damaged and leaking, not allowing the...
Slip Indicator Light Wont Turn Off
This is likely a result of hitting the median. There are wheel speed sensors on each of your wheels that monitor wheel speed. This is then relayed to the ECU which engages the slip indicator light and system. When this...
Driver side axle is leaking. Do I need to replace the axle and back struts before I get new tires and alignment?
Hello. Yes, I would recommend getting the axle seal, and the back struts replaced before having the alignment done and tires replaced. These two tasks will require having an alignment done after they have been replaced anyway, so it's less...
I cannot find the torque specific to add a strut bar
Assuming you are referring to the top 3 12mm nuts, these should be torqued to 14-20lbs. These are very delicate, so use caution when tightening.
I cannot find the torque specific to add a strut bar in foot pounds
The "correct" amount of torque applied to a fastener depends on many factors including the desired clamp load, the strength of the bolts you are using and the condition of the bolt threads including the type of plating thereon and...

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