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How to Troubleshoot a Car Pulling to One Side
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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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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...
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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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Bounces up and down over little bumps
Excessive bouncing is caused by worn out or leaking shocks and struts. Go to each corner of the vehicle and push down and let go of the car. It will bounce more than once then that shock or strut is...
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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...
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How is it possible to replace struts at my house outside on the snow
Anytime struts are removed the body and suspension will need to be supported separately at the same time. The strut can then be removed without a problem. In order to separate the spring from the strut a special strut compressor...
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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.
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strut is leaking on one side of the car.
Hi there. If a strut is leaking, then the strut tower that contains the oil for the shock absorber has a seal that split or got damaged. When replacing the shocks or struts, it is recommend to replace them in...
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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...
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Noise when turning the steering on motion 2007 Toyota Camry
Hello - your symptoms suggest worn strut bearings, which can make the noises you describe when turning the steering wheel. These components are especially sensitive to doing this in colder weather. I would recommend a suspension inspection by a mobile,...
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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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How much would it cost to replace front struts for a 2008 Honda Accord?
Billing question sent to CS for the cost to replace the front struts.
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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...
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After Monroe struts installed and multiple alignments, vehicle pulls.
Hi there. When it comes to alignments, check the Caster and Camber to your vehicle. These two angles are pulling angles. Keep in mind, most shops will set the Caster to allow the vehicle to drift to the left to...
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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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Front creaking noise appears when driving. The noise is on the right side.
Hi there. The issue that you are having is the lower control arm bushings are worn out and dried up. I recommend replacing the lower control arm bushings on both sides on the front of the vehicle. The rubber becomes...
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I have a loose steering wheel
If there are known, serious faults with the vehicle, such as failed or failing struts those should be repaired as soon as possible. Consequently, if you need struts, I recommend that you request strut replacement or at least a competent...
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I raise the strut assembly by put the jack under the ball joint to get the sway bar out of the way.
Hi there. The tire is tilted inward for the Camber alignment is not adjusted. I recommend adjusting the alignment to where the tire is somewhat straight and the tire tread is flat on the ground, then seek out a professional,...
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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...
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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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