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How Long Does a Strut Assembly Last?

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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 strut assembly. Struts and shocks are pretty similar, except for a few key factors, including the assembly used to mount them to the vehicle.

A strut assembly includes a number of different pieces. There’s the strut itself, of course, Then there’s a coil spring, as well as at least one rubber damper (usually at the top, but some designs have one at the top and the bottom).

Your struts are in use at all times, technically, but they see the most stress and wear while you’re driving. Your car has either gas or fluid filled struts, and over time, the seals on the ends will wear. When they fail, the gas or fluid inside will leak out, affecting your suspension, ride quality and handling.

In terms of assembly wear other than the strut itself, there are a few things to be aware of. For instance, the rubber dampers tend to dry out and become brittle, reducing their ability to eliminate noise and vibration. The spring can be affected too, but this is rare and mostly seen in older, high mileage vehicles. Rust, corrosion and general wear can reduce the spring’s tension, allowing the suspension to sag.

There’s no real rule about how long a strut assembly should last. Struts themselves are regular maintenance items and should be inspected at each oil change so they can be replaced immediately when necessary. The rubber dampers and springs will possibly need replacement at some point during your ownership, but your driving habits will have the most impact on those.

If your strut assembly (generally just the strut itself) fails, you’ll definitely notice it. While you can still drive your car, the suspension will not work right, the ride height will be off, and you’ll experience a lot of discomfort. Watch for these signs and symptoms:

  • Vehicle seems to be sagging on one side (in the front)
  • Clunking or banging from one strut assembly when going over bumps
  • Car feels “loose” while on the road, particularly when going over hills
  • Your ride is bumpy and unstable
  • You notice uneven tire tread wear (this can be caused by other problems)

If your strut assembly has seen better days, then a professional mechanic can help to inspect your suspension and replace a failed strut or strut assembly.


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Jason

31 years of experience
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Jason
31 years of experience
Toyota Highlander - Strut Assembly Replacement (Front) - Redwood City, California
Jason is very professional and knowledgeable. He is also friendly and personable. I would have Jason work on my car again without hesitation.
Honda CR-V - Strut Assembly Replacement (Rear) - Sunnyvale, California
Jason is awesome. Very knowledgable, very quick and clean work, very friendly. Will always request Jason from now on.

Patrick

32 years of experience
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Patrick
32 years of experience
Ford Mustang - Strut Assembly Replacement (Front) - Austin, Texas
2nd appointment with Patrick and I am completely satisfied with his work. Looking forward to having Patrick service my Mustang in the future.
Ford Mustang - Strut Assembly Replacement (Front) - Austin, Texas
This was my first time using YourMechanic and I am highly satisfied. Patrick was right on schedule. He was personable and knowledgeable as he had to explain to me that I had ordered the incorrect parts for my vehicle install and suggested some other options I could have gone with to prevent the mistake. He only charged me for the little work he had already started on before finding out about the incorrect parts I had ordered. I'm just looking for an honest and knowledgeable mechanic I can trust and Patrick made a great first impression and I plan on scheduling with him again once I have the correct parts delivered.

Kenneth

19 years of experience
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Kenneth
19 years of experience
Lexus RX300 - Strut Assembly Replacement (Front) - Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Kenneth is an all-around great guy. He showed up on time - he was totally prepared - he was extremely professional and organized - he put his head down and got the job done. Excellent workmanship and very efficient. Plus, he's an extremely nice guy.
BMW 328i - Strut Assembly Replacement (Front) - Los Angeles, California
This was my second time having kenneth R. as my mechanic and yet again i was impressed . Kenneth is great at his profession and his knowledge and experience with cars is seen in his work. I would highly recommend Kenneth. If you're looking for a technician with skills and integrity Kenneth is the man.

Hugo

21 years of experience
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Hugo
21 years of experience
Toyota Sequoia - Strut Assembly Replacement (Front) - Germantown, Maryland
Hugo was very professional and arrived on time. He was efficient and explained in detail the cons of having a defective strut. Hugo went beyond the call of duty to make sure my rear struts were in good shape also after finished the front struts. Hugo did an excellent job!

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