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  • avatar karjunkie 03/29/09 1:04 pm PST

    It really depends on the type of road and driving conditions during those 104K miles. Shocks and struts do not require replacing at specific mileage intervals like filters or spark plugs, but they do wear out and eventually have to be replaced. One way to check your struts, both front and back, is to push down hard on the fender or rear quarter, as the case may be and see how the struts rebound. If the car bounces back up and stops, the struts are OK. If the car bounces up 2 or more times you have a worn strut. Another more obvious test is simply how it drives. Do you notice that the car bounces a lot when hitting a rough patch of road? Does the nose dip when braking? Does the body roll or sway excessively when cornering or driving in crosswinds? Does the suspension bottom out when backing out of the driveway or when hauling extra passengers or weight? Weak shocks and struts won't necessarily create a driving hazards if you continue to drive on them, so you do not have to worry from a safety perspective. The reason why most people decide to have worn shocks or struts replaced, however, is to improve overall ride quality. If you're sick of bouncing and rocking on rough roads, a new set of shocks or struts will firm up your suspension and restore proper ride control.

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  • karjunkie 03/29/09 1:04 pm PST

    It really depends on the type of road and driving conditions during those 104K miles. Shocks and struts do not require replacing at specific mileage intervals like filters or spark plugs, but they do wear out and eventually have to be replaced. One way to check your struts, both front and back, is to push down hard on the fender or rear quarter, as the case may be and see how the struts rebound. If the car bounces back up and stops, the struts are OK. If the car bounces up 2 or more times you have a worn strut. Another more obvious test is simply how it drives. Do you notice that the car bounces a lot when hitting a rough patch of road? Does the nose dip when braking? Does the body roll or sway excessively when cornering or driving in crosswinds? Does the suspension bottom out when backing out of the driveway or when hauling extra passengers or weight? Weak shocks and struts won't necessarily create a driving hazards if you continue to drive on them, so you do not have to worry from a safety perspective. The reason why most people decide to have worn shocks or struts replaced, however, is to improve overall ride quality. If you're sick of bouncing and rocking on rough roads, a new set of shocks or struts will firm up your suspension and restore proper ride control.

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