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The Difference Between Shocks and Struts
Shocks and struts are often referred to interchangeably as they perform the same function, however, they differ in suspension system design.
When to Replace Front Struts
Know the signs of front struts in need of replacement and when to take your car in to have them fixed.
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...
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,...
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,...
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,...
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,...
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,...
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,...
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,...
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,...
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,...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.

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Thumping sounds while driving over sharp bumps
The only part you did not mention and the most likely cause of the problem is the inside lower control bushings which could possibly be bad. I would also check the steering gear mount bushings for excessive wear. Both of...
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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...
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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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How long can I ride on bad struts
Hello, thank you for writing in. The time you have will completely depend on how bad the struts are now, and how much stress you want to put onto the rest of the vehicle. Worn struts will cause stress to...
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Some "grunting" or "creaking" when I turn the wheel or go over potholes. Took it in and they found nothing.
The problem sounds like the sway bar link arms are binding when turned and in motion. It is these or the struts are binding.
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When turning left or right clinking noise in the front.
Lift the hood and have someone turn the wheel back and forth while you feel the top of the strut under the hood and listen and feel for the upper strut bearings making noise. They may need to be replaced....
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Strut creaking when on an incline and turning steering wheel
Hello, thank you for writing in. Some noise is normal when struts are stressed out or pushed to limits. However excess noise is an issue, and it should be inspected. With the age of the vehicle taken into consideration, if...
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Is if safe to buy front strut replacemnts form an Autozone for my 2004 Nissan Altima?
Hello Bonnie, thank you for writing in. It is impossible to tell you if the repair is worth that price. Pricing will vary greatly overall depending on the amount of shops in the area and the expertise of the technicians....
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Will the front shocks and struts for a 1999 hyundai elantra fit on a 1999 hyundai accent?
Neither the strut assembly, nor the individual assembly components, for those two models in that year do NOT interchange in any parts catalogs and thus these parts cannot be interchanged on the two Hyundai models. YourMechanic can obtain the correct...
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Coil spring making noise when turning a steering wheel 2012 Kia Sorrento
Hi there - the noise you describe while turning the steering wheel is due to a worn strut bearing plate, or one that needs some grease (replacement still required). These bearings do take the load of the vehicle through the...
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Does my 2008 Kia Sedona have shocks or struts?
Your Kia has struts in the front and shocks in the back. The original equipment part numbers for the struts are 546614D101 for the right hand side and 546514D101 for the left hand side. The part number for the rear...
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Vibrating when I stop 2007 Chrysler Pacifica
Hello - if you mean that the vibration occurs while braking, irregular brake pad deposits on the rotors (sometimes referred to as "warped rotors") are the likely cause. Worn suspension struts and/or loose steering links make this problem worse. Resurfacing...
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shakes really bad when driving
Hello. I suggest you have steering and suspension evaluation done on your vehicle. The shaking you are describing is likely coming from a control arm bushing, or shocks and struts. A technician should be able to pinpoint which component it's...
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What parts are needed to replace rear struts? I have the strut and spring assembly and the boot mount replacement 1999 Lexus RX300
Hi there - you have the parts you need for strut replacement. For assistance, I recommend a strut replacement service performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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