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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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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Nut holding stabilizer arm to rear strut won't come off ( it just spins with the bolt ).
Hello. This is where all those DIY skills come into play. This scenario has baffled every car technician at some point in their career, from new to Master Mechanic. What is required is to use whatever is at hand to...
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Noise when turning
Among the possibilities are the strut bearings, strut mounts, the strut itself, the outer cv axle joints, and/or any suspension component, such as a tie rod end, ball joint, sway bar mount, or suspension bushing that is loose or worn,...
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New CV axle caused what looks like positive camber
Hello. Your Daytona needs to be aligned. The bottom attachment of the front struts is often the adjustment point for camber on many front-wheel drive vehicles these days. When the strut is replaced, the alignment is "lost", and the suspension...
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Horn/Chime will not sound when I activate alarm.
Hi there. Replacement of the struts should have no affect on the horn as there would have been no reason to remove any part of that system. First, does the horn work if you press the horn button? If so,...
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Are the front driver and passenger strut assembly parts the same for the 2008 Buick Enclave?
When I look up the strut assemblies parts on this vehicle the left and right struts use the same part number. They are the same.
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Thumping sound from the right front end when I hit a pothole.
Hey there, thanks for writing in. "Thumping" is often associated with flat spots on tires or tire belt defects but if such were the cause in your case the thumping would be continuous. You are indicating the noise is only...
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How do I install the front strut assembly?
The component you are referring to is commonly known as the strut mount. The strut mount goes over the coil spring, and serves as the cover for the spring and mounting surface for the assembly. In most cases the mark...
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Should I replace both front struts at the same time?
Hi there. I recommend replacing both struts for the front at the same time, as they have springs that control the ride height and also have shocks that control the tire-to-road contact. Plus, you will not have to worry about...
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I have a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica 3.5L V6 FWD, and I have 3 bad motor mounts.
Hi there. The torque-strut rods for the engine will not usually go out, but if you plan on replacing all of the lower engine and transmission mounts, then I recommend replacing the torque-strut mounts (also know as the dog bone...
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Are rear struts from a 2003 Buick LeSabre capable to go on my 1998 Grand Prix?
Hello - according to the interchange manuals, yes, the rear struts are interchangeable for these 2 GM vehicles. I would certainly compare them visually before disassembling your Grand Prix, just to be sure. If you need assistance, I recommend strut...
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My car is level in the rear when empty, but when people get in the rear drops down
The rear suspension is low, most likely due to weak rear struts. The struts are gas charged and support the rear end. The struts may be low on gas charge and will not support as much weight as when new...
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The vehicle rides rough and there is a loss of power
Your vehicle has only 69,000 miles and so you want to make sure that the ball joint(s) has actually failed. So, best to either get a second opinion and have the Mechanic demonstrate the failure to you so you can...
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Rubbing sound when going over bumps even after replacing the struts.
Hi there: When struts are replaced, they typically take a while to break in; which during this time period, other mechanical problems such as worn out CV joints, ball joints, or stabilizer bar bushings can cause the issues you're describing....
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Can I get an alignment with bad rear struts?
The rear struts that are weak and not supporting the vehicle as they should can cause the suspension to sag in the rear and also cause the alignment to not be within specification. The can cause tire wear from the...

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