Q: Can a shop repair one side struts only or do they have to do both front

asked by on

Can a shop replace one front strut or does both front stunts have to be replaced

My car has 12000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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 them being that replacing only one can very easily lead to an unsafe driving condition. If you were to put a new strut on one side, and have a worn strut on the other side, the suspension will react differently when hitting bumps, and can cause the vehicle to lose control, as the struts will bounce and rebound at different rates. This can cause the vehicle to pull to one side. It would not take a very extreme speed, or bump, to cause the unsafe condition. If this is something that you would like to have inspected and/or repaired, contact a certified mechanic, like those available at YourMechanic.com.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Can a shop repair one side struts only or do they have to do both front

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I need new struts but do not know if I need specific struts because my car is on lowering springs.

Shocks and struts are vehicle specific. They're designed to operate within a certain range of travel. When you mix lowering springs - especially those that lower the car a couple of inches - with stock shocks and struts, the ride...

Q: Shaking and stalling during low idling

There are no common issues that would cause this problem - especially with the relatively low mileage. I recommend testing the computer for codes causing the stalling you have. If the computer sees the stall, it should set a code...

Q: I have a 2011 6 cylinder Kia Sorento. Just changed all the spark plugs to achsah go. While driving today my car stopped accelerati

Slow acceleration has a variety of causes. Fuel injectors can become clogged over time as the tiny passages become clogged. When an injector is clogged it can degrade the performance of the vehicle and the car may accelerate slowly or...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...