Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Do i have to change my shocks and struts to get lowering springs, or can i just get the lowering springs?

asked by on

Do i have to change my shocks and struts to get lowering springs, or can i just get the lowering springs?

My car has 124000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

It is generally recommended that you change the shocks/struts when you use lowering springs. Your stock shocks and struts are designed to operate up and down in the range the stock springs provide. Lowering springs are shorter than stock springs so the shocks and struts wind up in a new normal position that is more like the middle of their travel when used with stock springs. The ride will not be as well controlled as with using shocks and struts designed to operate with lowering springs. Theoretically you can leave the stock shocks and struts in place with lowering springs but they will not last very long, especially if at 124,000 miles, yours are original. I suggest having your cars suspension system diagnosed by a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic. They’ll be able to check out these components firsthand and help you adjust your suspension from there. Good luck.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  • Home
  • Questions
  • Do i have to change my shocks and struts to get lowering springs, or can i just get the lowering springs?

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: RPMS rarely go past 3000 except pushing down hard on accelerator

Hi there. It's highly likely that you have a clogged fuel filter or low fuel pressure. It's also possible that the air filter is dirty and needs to be replaced. In some rare instances, an electrical gremlin with the ignition...

Q: Car won't start - 2000 Hyundai Accent

Hello there, many common faults will cause your 2000 Hyundai Accent to not start. The first place to start is to have the battery load tested, to ensure it has the capacity to start the vehicle. You have done well...

Q: Cracked bushings

Hi. The vehicle is equipped with many suspension components that involve rubber bushings for comfort and noise dampening. Dry-rot or large cracks in these bushings are signs of age and wear and must be corrected to avoid problems from noise...

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...