Showing articles & questions for topic
Struts

Related articles

How to Troubleshoot a Car Pulling to One Side
If your car pulls to the left or leans to one side, check that your tires are all the same size, suspension parts are even, and if springs are bent.
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.

Related questions

Question
What could be the reason the front shakes when I go over 60mph.? Thank you for your help.
Hi...unbalanced wheels and tires, tire defects and bent wheels, and loose, worn out suspension parts are the typical causes of vehicle front end vibration at speed. It is also possible that loose, or defective, motor mounts can be a cause...
Question
I have a creaking/squeaking noise when turning the steering wheel
If an assistant, preferably a mechanic, listens at the relevant suspension and steering components under the vehicle as you turn the steering wheel the sound can undoubtedly be pinpointed. Be sure to check at the top of the spring tower...
Question
What does one front driver side strut replacement cost for 2001 impala 3.8 v6?
Billing question sent to CS for the cost of replacing a strut on the front driver side on a 2001 Chevrolet Impala with a V6-3.8L engine.
Question
i was told i need new rear struta because on a bad seal. The guy showed me a liquid substance on the rod in the middle of strut
Struts, and shock absorbers, are hydraulically operated devices and so, yes, absolutely they are fluid filled. Struts do have a finite lifetime because the internal parts do wear and the oil can eventually leak out past the piston seal. If...
Question
Clunking noise in the front
Loose and/or worn strut mounts are a common cause of this noise. If you jounce the suspension and have an assistant listen near the top of each spring tower you can sometimes hear the clunk noise, albeit the noise will...
Question
Why is my van pulling to the right and steering wheel pointing left.
There are several possibilities, all of which would be evaluated in a suspension inspection conducted by a certified Mechanic. The simplest scenario is the wheel alignment is thrown off during the collision. From your description, of course the alignment is...
Question
Steering issues
The spring is compressed between the spring seat on the strut and a top cap that is held on by the strut retaining nut. When you turn the wheel the spring will move as the strut itself moves. So, movement...
Question
Can a shop repair one side struts only or do they have to do both front
Technically, it is possible to have just one strut done at a time. But, I don't know of a single mechanic that would advise having one strut done. Struts are replaced in pairs for several reasons, the most important of...
Question
How much is new struts for a beetles 2015?
Billing question was sent to CS for the cost to replace the front struts on a 2015 Volkswagen Beetle.
Question
Had axles and outer tie rods replaced. Now I hear loud creaking sounds coming from front near middle of van 2007 Chrysler Town & Country
Hi there - your symptoms describe possible worn strut bearing plates, or a power steering rack that is worn. Both tend to "creak' a bit more during cold weather. I recommend a " steering & suspension inspection](https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/brakes-steering-and-suspension-inspection) performed by a...
Question
Replacing struts on a lowered car.
Hi there. The best thing to do is remove one of the struts on the rear of the vehicle and take it to the local parts store and see if you can match up a replacement strut. If you need...
Question
Thinking of buying a different car. I found one online and took it for a test drive. It has a few concerns. Is it worth investing?
Hi there. With the problems that you have mentioned, this could be an expensive fix, depending on what is wrong with the clicking sound and what is wrong with the transmission. The clicking sound is more of a CV Shaft...
Question
I have a 2003 CTS and when I take a turn it's making like a popping noise.
The noise could be coming from the struts or the suspension. Check all of the bushings and bolts to the struts and the suspension and see if anything is loose causing the front wheels to move around when turning. Repair...
Question
getting a constant knocking noise when the ride is bumpy
If the struts are not securely attached to the strut mount that is bolted to the top of the spring tower, and/or bearing plate is loose, that can cause knocking noises. In addition, loose sway bar linkages, ball joints, tie...
Question
Which front shocks are best Mercedes W204 C200 Kompressor 2009 model with 130 000 kilometres odometer reading
You should use OEM (dealer supplied) parts in this vehicle. There is no substitute for the OEM parts in terms of fit, function and quality. Sachs shocks may be made in Germany. If they are made in Germany, they might...
Question
Why are my strut mounts failing
The shoulder on aftermarket struts at the top of the piston is sometimes designed such that you have to put a washer or washers underneath the strut retaining nut in order to properly tighten the piston to the mount. Also,...
Question
Most of my lights on the dashboard besides engine light are lit up and also there is a little moisture around the transfer case and oil plug.
The dash lights could be on for a loose or broken ground wire to the chassis. Check all of the ground wires on the chassis and make sure that they are tight and clean. The moisture on the transfer case...
Question
Can a shocks or struts that fits the 2003 Lincoln Navigator also fits the 2003 Lincoln Aviator?
Hello - no, the Navigator is built on the very large SUV platform build by Ford (Expedition), whereas the Aviator is built on the Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer platform. If you are having problems with finding shocks and struts for your...
Question
Is it safe to drive car with a problem with struts?
In all probability, the car is safe to drive but technically the answer depends on exactly what is rattling. Ordinarily, if there are rattling noises or noises from struts you can drive the car for a while while awaiting repair...
Question
Whenever i touch my car -Just a little touch the whole car shake as if it will turn upside down.
Hello. It sounds like you have weak springs or struts. It is heard of for those to weaken and produce the concerns you speaketh of. Springs, shocks, or struts are suggested to be replaced every 50,000 miles. I suggest having...

Need a mechanic?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 700 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

Get a quote

Post a question and get free advice from our certified mechanics.


Ask a question