BAD STRUTSStruts are the main component of a modern independent suspension system; they are what suspend the body and frame of your vehicle above the wheels. All the weight of your vehicle rests on your struts, which transfer the weight, via several other components. Struts need to be replaced if any of the three components wear out. Struts are not often thought of as a normal replacement item. Since struts are in continual use as you drive, bearing the whole weight of your vehicle, it should not be surprising that their components wear out over time. Struts have at least two components: a spring and a shock absorber – and many have a third: the swivel mount. strut failure is usually very gradual you may never notice it at all. But certainly if you are experiencing any of the symptoms your struts are due for replacement.
Failed mounts are the easiest to recognize of the three because they usually make the most noise. Failed mounts often cause a popping or clicking noise while you’re turning the steering wheel, because the bearing inside is bad. Especially if you can put the vehicle in park and the noise remains while turning the wheel, strut mounts are your number one suspect. Failed shock absorbers can be harder to notice. With oil-filled struts, external leaks are easy to spot, especially if the leak is rapid. But if it is a very slow leak, it may never be noticed, and with gas-filled struts, external leaks are not identifiable at all. But usually struts don’t fail completely, and usually not all at once. Shock absorber wear creeps up as the internal seals lose their sealing capacity slowly. You won’t notice the difference from one day to the next, but there is probably a minute daily decline in the performance of your shock absorbers as they age. If the failure progresses to a severe stage, drivers may notice several kinds of problems: too much “trampoline effect”, tire noise and vibration from cupping caused by excessive up/down movement, excessively harsh riding over bumps, or noise on every bump from too much suspension travel. If you car is experiencing these problems, you’ve really gone too long.
New shocks and struts can make you stop up to 10 feet sooner, while providing increased vehicle stability and better driver control